Collier County Man Sentenced For Possessing Unauthorized Access Devices And Aggravated Identity Theft
Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge John E. Steele has sentenced Rafael Angel Reyes Menjivar (23, Naples) to three years in prison for possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices and for aggravated identity theft. Reyes Menjivar pleaded guilty on February 25, 2015.
According to his plea agreement, on February 5, 2013, during the execution of a search warrant by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Reyes Menjivar was found to be in possession of 101 unauthorized access devices, namely Social Security Numbers (SSN) of other individuals. He possessed these SSNs with the intent to file fraudulent income tax returns. Approximately 16 income tax returns were electronically filed with the IRS using the personal identification information of others without lawful authority. The total amount of the requested tax refunds was $64,547. Each of the tax refunds was stopped at the service center.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.