South Florida man, Bank Tellers Indicted For Income Tax Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA -- Marvens Jean-Paul, 21, of Opalocka, Florida, Kimle Fils-Aime, 26, and Guerline St. Charles, 41, both of Miami, Florida, were indicted today for conspiracy to make false claims for federal income tax refunds.
The indictment alleges that between February 2010 and October 2010, Jean-Paul electronically filed false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Per the indictment, the refund checks issued on the fraudulent returns were cashed by Fils-Aime and St Charles, who were working as tellers at JP Morgan Chase Bank in North Miami. The indictment also charges Jean-Paul with twelve substantive counts of false claims, twelve counts of wire fraud, and nine counts of aggravated identity theft based upon the fraudulent tax refund scheme.
The indictment also alleges that between April and July of 2011, Jean-Paul separately conspired to make false claims against the government by causing the IRS to issue fraudulently-obtained tax refunds onto prepaid debit cards. According to the indictment, Jean-Paul recruited an unnamed co-conspirator to use one of these debit cards to wire-transfer cash.
The maximum penalty for conspiracy to make false claims is ten years in prison. If convicted, Jean-Paul also faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for each substantive count of making false claims, 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, and a mandatory minimum of two years’ imprisonment for aggravated identity theft.
Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of IRS Criminal Investigations and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, whose joint investigation led to the indictment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Winifred Acosta NeSmith.
An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury. Every defendant is presumed
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.