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Former Assisted Living Facility Worker Sentenced For Tax Refund Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Willie L. Lee to two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft. The Court also ordered him to pay $32,933 in restitution. He pleaded guilty on May 17, 2017.


According to court documents, during 2012 and 2013, Lee was employed at an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) where he conspired with another individual to defraud the United States by stealing personal identifying information (PII) from ALF patients and deceased individuals. The PII was then used to file fraudulent income tax returns that were electronically deposited into an account that Lee had opened and maintained.


This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer.

Updated August 24, 2017

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft