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Two Defendants Sentenced in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme Relating to a Health Care Provider

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that Angelo Ponds, 32, of Miami Gardens, and Sean Guillaume, 31, of Miramar, were sentenced today for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme relating to a health care provider. Ponds was sentenced to 48 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Guillaume was sentenced to 94 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Both defendants previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, in violation of Title 18, United Stated Code, Section 286, and one count of aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

According to court documents, Guillaume worked for a company that performed medical laboratory tests where he had access to medical records with names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers (personal identity information or “PII”) of individuals in the course of his employment with that company.

During the conspiracy, Guillaume stole PII from the company and sold five thousand individuals’ PII to Ponds. Guillaume knew that Ponds would use the PII for the filing of fraudulent and unauthorized tax returns. Ponds caused other individuals to file false and fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking refunds using the PII provided by Guillaume.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

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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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