Opa-locka Band Director Stole Student Records for Tax Fraud Scheme, Police Say
Broward County Sheriff's Department
Delvis Rogers is the band director at Grace Academy, a private Christian school in Opa-locka, but he was arrested this weekend for some particularly un-Christian-like, off-tune crimes. Investigators noticed that more than 400 questionable tax returns, totaling $754,000 in refunds, used his Hollywood apartment as an address. A search warrant was granted, and inside, police found stolen student records from Broward County public schools.
Rogers, who is 27 years old, was the former assistant band director at Plantation High before leaving for Grace Academy. The faulty tax returns were all filed from January 25 to April 20, 2014, police say.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, investigators found in the home hundreds of documents with people's personal and identifying information. Among those were student records, some dating back to the late 1990s, including names, birth dates, and social security numbers of former Broward County students.
Unsurprisingly, the information found on those documents matched fake tax returns that had been filed.
Rogers was taken to the Hollywood Police Department, where he admitted to filing the fraudulent tax returns.
"I veered off the path a couple of times… getting caught up in materialistic stuff… I don't know if it was… trying to gain sustainability… This is something… at the end of the day I don't feel is right, and I don't want to make a career path out of it," Rogers said during questioning, police say.
However, Rogers ended up pleading not guilty to the crimes and awaits trial. He faces charges including using one or more unauthorized access devices, possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft.