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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Port Richey Resident Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison In Connection With Tax Impersonation Scheme

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Andrew Corrigan (24, New Port Richey) to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to commit extortion and money laundering. As part of his sentence, the Court also ordered restitution to the victims and entered a money judgment in the amount of $870,652, representing the proceeds of conspiracy.

Corrigan pleaded guilty on October 25, 2017. 

According to court documents, Corrigan and his co-defendant, David Owen, used individuals to open bank accounts (straw account owners) into which victims of tax impersonation calls deposited money. This money was extorted from the victims by falsely representing that the victims owed federal income tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to Canadian tax authorities, or other financial obligations. As part of the scheme, victims were threatened that if they failed to pay these obligations, either they or their family members would face arrest, prosecution, or other legal consequences. 

Provided with online access by the straw account owners, Corrigan and Owen monitored the victims’ deposits to ensure timely withdrawals by the straw account owners. In order to make the withdrawals at the bank, the defendants provided the straw account owners with the victims’ names, locations, and deposit amounts. Corrigan and Owen then directed the straw account owners to withdraw the funds in cash, and turn it over to them, often minus a payment to the straw account owner for opening the account or conducting the transaction. Victims were also directed to pay via money transfers and prepaid debit cards, which were collected and deposited by Corrigan and Owen.

Owen pleaded guilty on October 25, 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2018.   

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Largo Police Department, the Gulfport Police Department, the Toronto Police Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
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Updated January 31, 2018