Tampa Man Sentenced To More Than Four Years In Prison For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Hantz Saint Marc today to four years and six months in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. Saint Marc pleaded guilty on February 19, 2014.
According to court documents, Saint Marc engaged in stolen identity refund fraud from April 2009 to May 2011, with two co-conspirators. In particular, in May 2011, Saint Marc stayed in one of two rented hotel rooms where lists of identifying information and pre-paid debit cards containing fraudulently-obtained tax refunds were found. Also found in both rooms were medical records stolen from the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. The records contained the identifying information of U.S. veterans. At sentencing, he was found responsible for fraudulent tax returns requesting nearly $300,000 of government funds and victimizing more than 45 veterans.
This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.