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Former Richmond County Deputy Sean Street admits role in tax fraud scheme

Thursday, May 29, 2014 4:34 PM
Last updated Friday, May 30, 2014 1:01 AM
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A former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy who supplied personal identity information later used in a tax fraud conspiracy pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Sean Street, 39, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, a federal crime punishable by a mandatory two-year prison term.

Street was fired from the department in 2012 after his role in the tax fraud crime was uncovered.

Federal agents tracking fraudulent income tax filings discovered a list containing 108 names with personal identity information such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

The list included people who had come into contact with Street between December 2011 and February 2012. Law enforcement officers routinely collect names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security information from suspects, witnesses and victims.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney James Durham said the total tax fraud amounted to $414,000, although the discovery of the scheme saved taxpayers all but about $70,000.

Street was told he would get $1,500 for each name but he never received payment, Durham said.

According to then-Sheriff Ronnie Strength, an internal investigation was launched. The names on the list were run through a computer, and Street was discovered to be the common factor among all of the people.

Street admitted to federal agents that he supplied those names to another person involved in a tax fraud conspiracy.

Street had been on the force for four years.

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Navy Gary
Navy Gary 05/29/14 - 05:37 pm

Who, pray tell, was the other person involved with the deputy? Why aren't we getting the FULL story here? Did Deputy Doughnut not spill the beans on his conspirator or what? The RCSD should see to it that every arrested person on the list has their arrest by this "officer" voided and any convictions expunged.

oldredneckman96 05/29/14 - 09:02 pm
Only two years?

Can not agree to let everyone convicted who was arrested. Can not understand why only two years for the crime he commited. It takes the average person much longer to restore their life after identy theft!

T.More 05/29/14 - 11:35 pm
Just Another Misunderstood Public Servant (Sarcasm)

Not the first to be indicted by the Feds, probably not the last of RCSO Finest. After awhile it gets sickening that those with the least set of principles are in positions of authority and often times operate with complete immunity. I agree with the Navy Gary about overturning the convictions in the arrests this "Officer of the Law" oversaw and expunging records accordingly. How many more must it take before there are reforms in the training, education, and internal disciplinary proceedings with those placed in positions of trust. Now that the individual has pled guilty the DA and the current Sheriff should open up an investigation into this guy's activities that lead to convictions, just like the Solicitor and Sheriff should have done for the officer faking Alcosensor results, or the Narcotic Busts by the officer who had a substance addiction of his own and was shaking people down to get bribes, but I am sure the beat will go on and this will become yesterday's news. The thin blue line will continue to operate and allow, if not tacitly approve by looking the other way and then say "we had no warning signals, he/she was just one bad apple." The Sheriff keeps asking the Commission for more money for head count, equipment, cars, salary (including his own) etc., how about ethics and internal reporting procedures were the officers take ownership of their own fellow officers instead of covering for them. Kudos to the past administration for opening an investigation, now complete it and set the records straight for those innocently falling prey to this scam.

AFjoe 05/30/14 - 08:06 am

X cop Street is due $162,000 from his partner in crime. He said he never recieved payment. Just can't trust a crook.
The mandatory sentence is 2 year term, is that total or per count (108 X 2)

jimmymac 05/30/14 - 08:49 am

You can bet he'll get no serious time unless the federal prosecutors ask for it. RC prosecutors won't ask for the max sentence and RC judges are loth to impose them either.

corgimom 05/30/14 - 12:18 pm
What does overturning

What does overturning people's convictions have to do with this?

There is nothing to suggest that any evidence was faked or that anybody was improperly arrested.

Read the story, he also used information from victims and witnesses.

warsurplus 05/30/14 - 05:51 pm

You asked, "What does overturning people's convictions have to do with this?"

My answer, everything. This calls into question the deputy's integrity in all matters, especially matters that result in another person's freedom being affected.

In short, he has demonstrated that he is unreliable so by extension, all law enforcement business he has ever had a hand in is now tainted and must be scrutinized. This tarnishes the reputation of all the honest men and women working in law enforcement in their dept.

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