FL: Pasco couple used stolen IDs, bogus tax returns to pocket cash, deputies say

Molly Moorhead reports:

A woman who worked at a Regions bank branch is accused of creating nearly 200 phony bank accounts using real people’s names and information, filing fraudulent tax returns in the victims’ names and then funneling the money to her boyfriend.

All told, authorities say, Howayda Hamdan, 28, had more than $1 million in IRS refunds deposited into the various accounts. Her boyfriend, Hicham Abou El Faouatih, 32, withdrew more than $65,000 before the couple were arrested over the weekend.

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