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Tampa Man Pleads Guilty To Theft And Identity Theft For Selling Stolen Tax Refund Checks

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

Tampa, FL – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Giday Kidane (34, Tampa) has pleaded guilty to theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for the theft count and a mandatory consecutive term of two years in federal prison for the aggravated identity theft count.


According to the

, between November 2016 and January 2017, Kidane, posing as “Anwar,” sold and offered to sell stolen U.S. Treasury checks to a Confidential Informant (CI) in exchange for half of the face value in cash. On one occasion, Kidane presented the CI with two stolen U.S. Treasury checks for sale: one for $4,583, and a second check for $20,679. The pair agreed that the CI would pay Kidane $7,200 for both checks, plus an additional amount after the larger check had been successfully deposited.


This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mandy Riedel and Eric Gerard.

Updated May 18, 2017

Plea Agreement   [PDF, ]
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft