Man faces 90 charges of theft of property, identity theft after stealing nearly $30K, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In 2018, Joseph Chalmers used another person’s EFIN (electronic filing identification number), to file taxes with the Checkfast Tax Service, according to the Memphis Police Department.

He collected $29,759, that year, police reported.

The money went into a Regions bank account, where Chalmers wrote 20 checks from that account and deposited them all into his own wallet, according to a police affidavit.

Chalmers did the same, in 2019 and 2020, police said.

On July 30, 2020, police said Chalmers applied for a PPP (paycheck protection plan) for $17,600.

He applied using another person’s name and date of birth but used his own phone, social security number, and email address, the affidavit said.

The victim received an auditing statement in 2020 and lost a total of $29,083, MPD said.

The victim filed a counterfeiting/forgery report with MPD.

Chalmers is being tried for both 46 counts for theft of property $10-60,000, 44 counts of identity theft and other charges.