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Broward Man Pleads Guilty in Massive Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Minneapolis, José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-CID, Miami Field Office, Larry Gomer, Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department, and Al Lamberti, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), announced that defendant Rodney Saintfleur, 28 of West Park, FL, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola. At sentencing, Saintfleur faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to 22 years in prison.

According to documents filed in court, from around April 2009 through around July 2012, Rodney Saintfleur worked at a law firm in North Miami, where he had access to Lexis/Nexis, an online proprietary database. Through this database, Saintfleur accessed names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of thousands of people, and knowingly provided these Social Security numbers to co-conspirators for the purpose of filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. According to the charging document filed in the case, Saintfleur fraudulently obtained more than 26,000 Social Security numbers for use in this identity theft tax refund fraud scheme.

Mr. Ferrer thanked IRS-CID, the North Miami Beach Police Department, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office 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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