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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Duval County Woman Indicted For Identity Theft, False Representation Of A Social Security Number, And Impersonating An Internal Revenue Service Employee

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Leyvis Taveras (35, Jacksonville) with identity theft, false representation of a social security number, and impersonating a federal employee. If convicted on all counts, Taveras faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, Taveras aided and abetted in the false representation of two social security numbers in a tax filing with the Internal Revenue Service. She also pretended to be an employee of the Internal Revenue Service investigating the identity theft associated with the two social security numbers.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Office of Investigations. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

Updated January 26, 2015