Miami Police Officer Malinsky Bazile has been charged in federal court with pocketing about $140,000 over the past two years by stealing personal information from the Florida driver’s license database and filing bogus tax returns in those names, says the Miami Herald. Bazile and fellow officer Vital Frederick, separately accused of tapping into the same database, were both arrested Thursday in the first-ever federal prosecution of identity theft and tax-refund fraud involving South Florida law enforcement.
Bazile, 28, of Miramar, and Frederick, 26, of North Miami, who both joined the force in 2008, were arrested by Miami police internal affairs detectives and FBI agents. In an unrelated prosecution, federal agents also arrested a state corrections officer Thursday on the same offenses. The Miami cop arrests were but the latest in a string of city officer take-downs, part of a joint corruption investigation into the department. The main focus: several officers accused of providing protection for a sports-gambling ring or a check-cashing store, both in Liberty City. Frederick was also charged with extortion in connection with the check-cashing store racket.