City Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft,
and Making False Claims for Tax Refunds
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – DANIEL WAYNE AUSMUS, 44, of Oklahoma City, has pled guilty to committing mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making a false statement for tax refunds, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Ausmus pled guilty to an Information filed on October 30, 2012. It was alleged that in beginning in November of 2009, Ausmus used the internet to obtain the personal identification information for over 100 individuals, including their names, dates of birth, and social security number. Ausmus then used that information to apply for prepaid debit cards to be mailed to his residence in Oklahoma City. In addition, he made 72 false claims for federal and state income tax refunds which he used to apply to the prepaid debit cards he had fraudulently obtained.
At sentencing, Ausmus faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the mail fraud count, up to five years and a $250,000 on the false tax refund count, and up to an additional two years mandatory consecutive sentence on the aggravated identity theft count. In addition, Ausmus will be required to pay restitution to his victims. Sentencing will take place in approximately ninety days.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Ogilvie.
Reference is made to the information and other public filings for further information.