Corrupt Cop Couple Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg In Police Tax Fraud


Max Chantha | November 7, 2015

FLORIDA – Eric and LaJoyce Houston are just like normal tax defrauding, money laundering criminals that have been tearing apart Tampa, Florida for years, except for one difference: they are both cops.

The couple are not entirely unique, however, as it seems many within Tampa law enforcement agencies are guilty of the same crimes they were meant to be fighting.

Tampa has led the nation it tax refund and identity theft fraud.

This has led to billions in federal money that could have gone to helping people or infrastructure instead flowing straight into the pockets of savvy criminals.

Many such criminals just happen to be cops as well.

The Houstons were arrested on charges of identity theft, money laundering, and theft of government property for a scheme in which they stole identities of friends, family, and even witnesses to crimes in order to file false tax refunds.

These would be used to pay off their personal expenses and furnish their criminal lifestyle, totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They would accomplish this by using police databases to look up personal information on those who seemed vulnerable – often the elderly – to being defrauded by the dirty cops.

The kicker, however, is that Eric Houston, a detective, often chose those who were in some way related to the crimes he committed.

Even after having to suffer crime at the hands of everyday criminals, many would then be subjected to detective Houston’s conniving theft.

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