Out-of-work job seekers may be surprised when they find that IRS records show they not only already have work but are due a refund.

A federal indictment charged Petr Murmylyuk with stealing identities of more than 300 unemployed people and e-filing their returns, receiving refunds for more than 100 of them.  They had applied for jobs through a bogus Web site he operated.

In a separate indictment against Murmylyuk, the SEC alleged that he stole money from a victim’s online brokerage account and fraudulently caused that account to engage in unauthorized options trading with another account that he controlled, opened under a fictitious name using a stolen social security number.

Between the two scams, Murmylyuk stole close to $1.5 million, according to the two indictments.  He faces five to 15 years and multiple fines.

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