DA Wants Grand Jury to Probe Identity Theft Cases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Greeley, Colo. (AP) Weld County’s top prosecutor wants a grand jury to determine whether arrests should continue in hundreds of identity theft cases where suspected illegal immigrants are accused filing fraudulent tax returns.

Prosecutors filed 118 cases before a judge put a stop to them with about 1,200 cases pending. Weld County District Judge James Hartmann says his concern is whether privacy laws are being violated because prosecutors are attaching tax return information to defendants’ court files.

District Attorney Ken Buck made the request for a grand jury, saying they would keep the defendants’ information private.

Buck has said that more than 1,300 people in Greeley may have used fake or stolen social security numbers to get refunds totaling about $2.6 million.

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