ATLANTA, GA – Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted an Atlanta man for an identity theft scheme.
Authorities said Thursday that Qadir Shabazz, 38 years old, had been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the federal government, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government funds. Shabazz and co-conspirators operated a business named “Indigent Inmate” and distributed information to inmates nationwide. Inmates were asked to exchange their personal information in order to receive “prisoner benefits.”
Shabazz had over 13,000 inmates send their information to him. He then used the personal information to file over 2,000 tax returns in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.