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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Montgomery Woman Sentenced To Jail For Role In Identity Theft Tax Scheme

Montgomery, Alabama - Angelique Djonret of Montgomery, Ala., was sentenced today to serve two years in prison for her involvement in a million dollar identity theft tax fraud scheme, announced George L. Beck, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Angelique Djonret pleaded guilty to identity theft on April 19, 2013.

According to court documents, between October 2009 and April 2012, Angelique Djonret’s sister, Antoinette Djonret, orchestrated a tax refund scheme using stolen identities to file over 1,000 false tax returns that fraudulently claimed over $1.7 million in tax refunds. Antoinette Djonret obtained stolen identities from multiple sources, including Alabama state databases. She also established an elaborate network for laundering the refund money. Antoinette Djonret recruited her sister, Angelique, into the conspiracy, whose role was to obtain prepaid debit cards in her name and others’ names for the purpose of receiving the fraudulent tax refunds. Antoinette Djonret and her co-conspirators used the cards to obtain the refund proceeds. Angelique Djonret also assisted in the filing of false tax returns using stolen identities. Angelique Djonret’s sister, Antoinette, was previously sentenced to 12 years in prison for her part in this scheme.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorneys Jason H. Poole and Michael Boteler, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown.

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Updated March 12, 2015