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Miami Man Sentenced in $1.6 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Miami Field Office, Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Miami Field Office, and Rafael P. Hernandez, Jr., Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department, announced that defendant Frantz Charles, 38, of Miami, was sentenced yesterday for his participation in a $1.648 million stolen identity tax refund scheme. Specifically, U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas sentenced Charles to 61 months in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $1.648 million. Charles previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false and fraudulent claims and another count of aggravated identity theft.

According to information in court documents, Charles was charged in a multi-count indictment along with other co-conspirators for participating in an identity theft tax refund scheme involving the use of the identities of over 900 deceased individuals to file fraudulent income tax returns. The tax refunds generated from the filing of these fraudulent returns were, in turn, deposited into bank accounts controlled by the defendant and other co-conspirators.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CID, the U.S. Secret Service, and the North Miami Beach Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose A. Bonau.

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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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