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North Miami Man Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Using Personal Identification Information Stolen from Social Security Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), and G. Matthew Immler, Chief, Boynton Beach Police Department, announced yesterday’s sentencing of defendant Oscar R. Quincoces, 48, of Port St. Lucie, FL, on two counts of using the computer to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. United States District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Quincoces to 24 years in prison, to be followed by supervised release for life.

On February 13, 2012, Oscar Quincoces, formerly a nuclear power maintenance worker on contract with Florida Power and Light, pled guilty to two counts of attempting to entice minors, by computer via the Internet, to engage in illegal sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b).

According to court pleadings and statements made in court at sentencing, this investigation began in October 2011, when Quincoces contacted what he believed was a 15 year old boy online on the social website “BoyAhoy.Skout.com.” Unbeknownst to Quincoces, he was actually communicating with an undercover detective from Boynton Beach Police Department. Quincoces sent several sexually explicit communications and pictures to the minor and asked the minor to send him the same. Quincoces also told the minor that he had engaged in sexual activity with other young boys, and sent the minor sexual pictures of those boys as well. On November 17, 2011, Quincoces arranged to meet the purported minor at the Taco Bell on Gatlin Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, Florida. When Quincoces arrived, he was arrested by law enforcement. After Quincoces’ arrest, a subsequent search of his computers revealed that Quincoces possessed numerous images of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and the Boynton Beach Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shaniek Maynard and Russell Killinger.

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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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