William Joseph, Michael Bennett face ID theft, tax fraud charges

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Former NFL players William Joseph, Michael Bennett and Louis Gachelin have been arrested by the FBI and are charged with an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.

The Miami Herald reports that the three are among a group of several people charged with filing false tax returns in other people’s names and then stealing their refunds. More details of the scheme are expected to be revealed today, when the defendants are scheduled to appear in a federal court in Miami.

According to the Herald, lax IRS oversight makes it easy to fraudulently receive tax refunds: The IRS often disperses refund money before actually checking to see that the taxes a filer claims to have paid match what the filer’s employer withheld. The process the IRS uses eventually catches people who misrepresent their own taxes, but a criminal who steals someone else’s identity can receive a refund in that person’s name without the victim of the identity theft ever realizing it. By the time the IRS and the identity theft victim discover the erroneous refund, the money has already been taken by the identity thief — and the IRS allows those identity thieves to have the refunds deposited onto prepaid debit cards, which are difficult to track.

Joseph was a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Giants and Bennett was a 2001 first-round draft pick of the Vikings, and the two were teammates in the final season of both of their carers with the 2010 Raiders. Gachelin was a 2004 draft pick of the Patriots who was briefly on their roster but never made it into a regular-season game.

22 responses to “William Joseph, Michael Bennett face ID theft, tax fraud charges

  1. Nothing new here… Bennet pretended to be robert smith and stole a paycheck for years here at mn.

  2. Can someone stop this out of control federal government?

    Can parents try to stay together and raise proper, law-abiding children?

    How do you have a opportunities that the NFL presents, make all that money, and then become petty thieves? Why are you on this earth?

    I have lost all hope.

  3. Memo to commissioner: I think you are ignoring a major, growing problem, former players going broke. Along with teaching them not to cheap shot another player’s head, how about some education on how to handle a dime and plan for the future?

  4. Always kept an eye on Bennett after he split. Shame he never quite broke through. He was a beast in my Madden game years ago though. Had the speed to run those off tackles and sweeps and go for the long td’s lol.

  5. Funny part is that Michael Bennet had his identity stolen when he was in MN. Now he’s trying to get even??? haha!!!

  6. One of my favorite lines from the movie Set it Off, “On this good earth…there are three peoples l don’t mess with…the ”I,” the ”R,” and the ”S.”

    Those words ring true.

  7. People can make all the negative comments on here, but think about the impact and shame they have brought to their families. They are somebodies, husband, brother, son and now cellmate. Now William will be Wilma, Michael now Michelle and Louis will be Sweet Lou. So have some compassion you heartless bums!

  8. humb0lt says:
    May 1, 2012 10:46 AM
    Big surprise they were Raiders when they cooked up this scheme.

    once again an idiot has spoken. Nothing happened in 2010 bonehead. They are all in Maimi. Lets get real all Michael Bennett did was after his two year sentence in San Diego, was thank God, and upon arriving in Oakland said , oh so this what heaven is like.

  9. Hahaha, its bad enough these scrubs stole paychecks from the teams that paid them to play. William Joseph you sir are a Douche Bag…..

  10. Yet more proof that if you divided up all the money in the U.S. and spread it out evenly, within a year, 99 percent of it would end up right back where it started.

    You can’t fix stupid.

  11. Well it looks like this scam didn’t work out for them. Move on to the next one, join the concussion lawsuit!

  12. Didn’t these guys make enough money playing in the NFL?!!!!! Unbelievable!!!

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