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Florida man charged with ID theft involving personal information from veterans

Indictment also charges Dwayne Thomas, 21, with credit card fraud

1. Identity theft. Identity thieves are increasingly getting hold of taxpayers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and other information, then fraudulently claiming tax refunds in their names.
1. Identity theft. Identity thieves are increasingly getting hold of taxpayers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and other information, then fraudulently claiming tax refunds in their names.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old Florida man is charged with with one count of credit card fraud and nine counts of identity theft involving personal information from veterans, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

If convicted, Dwayne Thomas, of Miami, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the credit card fraud count and up to five years on each of the identity theft counts.

According to an indictment and information presented in court, Thomas was in possession of multiple credit card account numbers from Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and USAA. He also possessed the Social Security numbers of multiple former members of the military who were receiving healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the DOJ said.

The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigation Division, the United States Secret Service's Jacksonville Field Office and the Florida Highway Patrol.