DECATUR, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Police have taken a man into custody who is believed to have stolen the identities of 10,000 people in an elaborate tax return scheme.

The perpetrator – 39-year-old Clyde Chavo – turned himself over to Dekalb County authorities, WSBTV reported.

His scheme allegedly involved the creation of a fake business that used real identities.

Police told WSBTV that he would then use the names of his victims to file phony tax returns, which earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Chavo is presently being held at Dekalb County Jail, and will face several fraud charges.

His landlord told the station that large stacks of mail not belonging to Chavo were found in his possession. Upon making that discovery, the landlord called the police.


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