A Queens man was busted for using a string of fake IDs, including the names of some of his own relatives, to trick the IRS into cutting him roughly $1.4 million in refund checks, federal authorities said Wednesday.
Zahirul Reday, of Woodside, used at least eight names, some of them belonging to family members who have since left the U.S., and opened credit cards in their names to overpay their federal taxes since at least 2013, according to a criminal complaint.
The IRS would then send U.S. Treasury checks refunding the over-payments, which he deposited into his own bank accounts, the complaint alleges.
One of the names he used, Mohammad Hossain, sent up red flags back in 2011, when the state DMV realized Reday had assumed Hossain’s identity eight years earlier to get a driver’s license.
The DMV couldn’t pursue criminal charges because the statute of limitations had passed, but state officials pursued an administrative case and got him to admit to making false statements on a DMV application.
Even so, Reday kept using Hossain’s name to open a credit card, which he used to make at least 20 payments to the IRS in the name of a taxpayer other than himself, the complaint alleges.
When federal agents raided his basement apartment Tuesday, they found an uncashed Treasury check for more than $57,000, as well as $40,000 cash, about 375 credit cards with various names on them, and two unlicensed handguns, the feds allege.
Reday, who was arrested Wednesday, appeared before a Brooklyn magistrate judge and ordered held until his bail hearing Thursday.