Port Saint Lucie Return Preparer Convicted in Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Schemes
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that defendant Stevens Nore, 33, of Port Saint Lucie, was convicted by a jury of thirty counts, including twenty-one counts of preparing false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2), four counts of filing false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1), three counts of theft of public money, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and two counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.
The Court has reserved judgment as to four of the counts pending argument by the parties. Nore was immediately remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service. At sentencing, Nore faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to three years in prison for each count of preparing and filing false tax returns, up to 10 years in prison for each count of theft of public money, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for each count of aggravated identity theft.
According to evidence presented at trial and court documents, from June 11, 2009 through April 2012, Nore owned and operated Fraternity Tax and Services, a tax return preparation business located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nore prepared and submitted Individual Tax Returns (Forms 1040), with accompanying schedules, to the IRS on behalf of taxpayers claiming false deductions and credits for tax years 2009 to 2011. Nore also filed false tax returns for 2010 and 2011 by falsely stating the amount of gross receipts and sales on Schedule C forms. The defendant stole three tax refunds totaling $26,349.30 to which he was not entitled, and used the identity of two individuals without their permission.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shaniek Maynard and Russell R. Killinger.
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.