Anchorage man charged with identity theft

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man on charges that he stole the identities of prisoners and dead people in order to collect tax refunds.

The grand jury has charged Donald J. Briscoe with 25 counts of fraud against the U.S. government and 23 counts of identity theft.

Briscoe received at least one refund, for $10,490, from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1999, according to the indictment. But he used fake income tax returns 25 times, and asked for refunds each time, by stealing the identities of dead people and prisoners, the indictment said.

Briscoe, 40, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each fraud charge, and three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each identity-theft charge.

According to the indictment, Briscoe searched through Anchorage court documents for prisoners' files to find their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. The indictment did not explain how Briscoe got the information on dead people.

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