Two Miami Residents Plead Guilty to Money Laundering Charges Involving Stolen Identity Tax Refunds
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Ronald J. Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, announce that Steven Toussaint, 33, and Emmanuel Marvin Alphonse, 28, both of Miami, each pled guilty to one count of money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i). Sentencing is scheduled for August 14, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. At sentencing, the defendants each face up to 20 years in prison.
According to court documents, from January 1, 2011 through July 29, 2011, the defendants engaged in money laundering activities involving the cashing of money orders funded with fraudulent, stolen identity tax refunds. Both Toussaint and Alphonse had their own check cashing accounts at the Cash-A-Check check-cashing store. Steven Toussaint cashed 985 money orders, totaling $490,401, using his own Cash-A-Check account. Emmanuel Marvin Alphonse cashed 581 money orders, totaling $286,995, using his own Cash-A-Check account. The defendants knew that the money orders were funded by unlawful activity, and knowingly conducted the transactions on behalf of third-parties for the purpose of concealing and disguising the nature and source of the unlawful proceeds in exchange for a portion of the funds involved in each transaction.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and USPIS. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Maderal.
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.