MANATEE -- A former parole worker at Manatee County jail and two other people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to commit stolen identity refund fraud in Manatee between 2012-13.
According to court documents, Marcus Lowe, 32, of Tampa worked for Manatee County Parole Services Division at the jail and had access to jail booking sheets, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.
"These booking sheets contained personal identification information relating to the inmates, including their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers," according to the release.
Investigators found Lowe provided the information to Bradenton residents, Tedrick Randall, 44, and Rachel Kerley, 36, who used it to file fraudulent income
tax returns in the names of inmates. Refunds requested from the Internal Revenue Service totaled about $72,254, according to prosecutors.
Randall and Kerley pleaded guilty in April. Kerley was sentenced to six months in prison and Randall was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
Lowe was found guilty May 1 after a jury trial and sentenced to 42 months in prison.
The case was investigated by the IRS and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.