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A New York City man is in custody in the Kosciusko County Jail on a charge he stole more than $9,000 from a Leesburg resident's tax return, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says.

Deputies went to a Barbee Lake address on March 28, responding to a woman who was unable to file her tax return online. She attempted to use a filing service, but was informed that her tax return had already been filed with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a statement from the department.

Detectives confirmed the "fraudulent filing" with the IRS.

After several months of investigation, the department said a suspect was located with the assistance of Bank of America.

The statement said detectives and officers from the department traveled last week to Staten Island in New York City, where Kosciusko and NYPD officers arrested Nihal Walter Rodrigo, 39, of Staten Island on a preliminary felony charge of forgery.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office, working with the New York City District Attorney's Office, filed for search warrants on Rodrigo's laptop computer and other electronic devices, the statement said.

It said Rodrigo waived extradition, was taken back to Indiana and is being held on $75,000 bond.