One look at 26-year-old Derek Denesevich’s mugshot and you may think you can guess what he was arrested for. But we’ll still give you the chance:
If you guessed he’s facing charges for stealing a car, that would be a good guess. After all, Denesevich does have a Bentley logo tattooed on his forehead.
But that’s not what Denesevich was arrested for. Instead, police say he was caught in an identity theft scheme with another 26-year-old county court employee.
That’s right, the guy with the Bentely logo, a shark and a star tattooed on his face is accuse off ripping off other people’s identities.
The Broward Palm Beach New Times has the details:
The man, 26-year-old Derek Denesevich, had devised a scheme with help from a former Broward Clerk of Courts employee.
According to court records, the employee, Porscha Kyles, 26, misused her position to steal drivers’ identities which Denesevich’s then used to electronically file false tax returns to get refunds from the IRS. Denesevich would bay Kyles cash for the information she’d provide.
Starting in 2011, Kyles provided Denesevich with names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers from the driver’s license information she obtained.
In all, prosecutors say more than 100 Floridians had their identities stolen in the scheme, with a total loss of $120,000.
Denesevich turned himself in to authorities on Monday and has been charged with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to possess unauthorized access devices. His accomplice was sentenced to three years in prison.