TAMPA — Federal authorities are investigating whether a fired Tampa detective took personal information from homicide victims and police databases and used the data for tax fraud, according to explosive details contained in court documents obtained Friday by The Tampa Tribune.
Former Tampa homicide Det. Eric Houston and his wife, LaJoyce, a former police sergeant, as well as another former civilian employee of the department, are being investigated for possible involvement in stolen identity tax refund fraud, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. The affidavit was filed in support of a search of an external hard drive found in Houston’s former police department office.
The search warrant says investigators are looking for “evidence of tax fraud, theft of government funds, and identity theft, from January 1, 2010, through the present.”