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South Floridian Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Rafael P. Hernandez, Jr., Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department, and Marc Elias, Jr., Chief, North Miami Police Department, announce the sentencing of defendant Robinson Calixte, 22, of Miami. U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham sentenced Calixte to 47 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

On September 13, 2013, Calixte was charged in a five count indictment for identity theft in connection with his unauthorized possession of at least fifteen social security numbers belonging to other individuals. Calixte was found with over 800 names, dates of birth and social security numbers of other individuals.

On December 2, 2013, Calixte pled guilty to one count of access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029 (a)(3) and 2; and to one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028 A(a)(1) and 2.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to the IRS-CI, ATF, North Miami Beach Police Department, and North Miami Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gera R. Peoples.

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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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