A Florida man was indicted on multiple counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for illegally accessing an IRS system.
Keith Joseph, 37, of Miami, Florida, allegedly accessed the IRS’s eAuthentication online taxpayer system from March 2015 to March 2017. Joseph allegedly obtained personal identifying information of taxpayers without their knowledge to gain access to the IRS online taxpayer system.
Once he had access, Joseph unlawfully obtained income tax transcripts and fraudulently filed tax returns using the taxpayers’ personal identifying information. The total amount claimed by the fraudulent returns in the scheme was at least $152,948.
If convicted, Joseph faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.