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North Miami Man Sentenced in Mail Fraud and Identity Theft Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Richard Walker, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Regional Office, United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director, State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, announce the sentencing of Guy Robert Nalien, 26, of North Miami, after a plea of guilty on November 6, 2013, to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. On February 5, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Nalien to 32 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and restitution to the State of Florida in the amount of $29,815.

According to the indictment, Nalien utilized the personal identification of others to falsely represent to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Unemployment Compensation Program that such individuals were unemployed and eligible to obtain Florida unemployment compensation benefits. The indictment further alleged, that Nalien used the U.S. Postal Service to receive these fraudulently obtained benefits for his own personal use.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations and the State of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Lanigan.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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