Quincy Man Charged with Identity Theft

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tallahassee Regional Operations Center yesterday charged Christopher Shorter, 31, of Quincy, Fla., with criminal use of personal identification information and organized fraud.

The FDLE investigation began January 2010 when a bank employee reported an unusual number of U.S. Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax refund checks being deposited into an account.

The investigation revealed that Shorter obtained personal information from Florida Department of Corrections inmates to fraudulently complete more than 40 IRS tax refund forms totaling more than $183,000. FDLE recovered more than $60,000 in funds.

Shorter was charged with 32 counts of criminal use of personal identification information and one count of organized fraud. He faces a minimum mandatory 10 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Shorter was booked into the Gadsden County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.

This case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001