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Broward Woman Sentenced for Role in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme Involving U.S. Marine Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jeffrey C. Mazanec, Acting 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 (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, announced that Dorothy Boulin, 29, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release in connection with an identity theft tax fraud scheme. Boulin pled guilty on April 19, 2012 to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, sometime prior to January 2012, the defendant received a list of military personnel (United States Marines) containing their names and social security numbers to be used for identity theft tax fraud purposes.

On January 17, 2012, the defendant, from a computer in her residence in Broward County, caused six fraudulent tax returns to be submitted online. Five of these 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 another eight fraudulent tax returns to be submitted online. Seven of these 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.

Mr. Ferrer commended the FBI, IRS-CI and the FBI Miami Area Corruption Task Force for their work on the case. 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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