Broward Woman Pleads Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme Involving U.S. Marine Victims
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Miami Field Office, announced that Dorothy Boulin, 29, pled guilty yesterday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with an identity theft tax fraud scheme.
According to the documents filed in Court, sometime prior to January 2012, the defendant received a list of military personnel (United States Marines) with names and social security numbers for identity theft tax fraud purposes. The defendant knew that the list contained names of military personnel.
On January 17, 2012, the defendant, from a computer in her residence in Broward County, caused six fraudulent tax returns to be submitted online to an online tax filing company. Five of these six returns were submitted without the authorization of the individuals whose social security numbers appear on the returns. These five returns sought approximately $21,301 in fraudulent refunds. Several of these victims were marines.
On January 19, 2012, the defendant caused eight fraudulent tax returns to be submitted online. Seven of these eight returns were submitted without the authorization of the individuals whose social security numbers appear on the returns. These seven returns sought approximately $32,627 in fraudulent refunds. Several of these victims were marines.
Boulin is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5, 2012. At sentencing, she faces a maximum statutory sentence of 22 years in prison.
Mr. Ferrer thanked the FBI and IRS-CID for their work on the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.
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.