Broward County Resident Charged in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Using Stolen Identities
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), announced the return of a fourteen count indictment charging Lee Ervin Dale, 30, of Fort Lauderdale, for his participation in a tax refund scheme using stolen identities to convert government monies to his own use, and to make and present false, fictitious and fraudulent claims to the IRS.
More specifically, the indictment charges the defendant with three counts of converting government funds to his own use (income tax refund checks), eight counts of making and presenting false claims to the IRS (presenting income tax returns for refunds), and three counts of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, the defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison on each count of theft of government funds, up to 5 years in prison on each count of making and presenting a false claim to the government, and two years consecutive to the other sentences on the aggravated identity theft charges.
Mr. Ferrer thanked the agents at IRS-CI for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie E. Rucoba.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.