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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tampa Man Sentenced To Six Years In Federal Prison For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Adrian Lark to six years in federal prison for theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty on September 28, 2016.

 

According to court documents, between May 2011 and May 2013, Lark obtained the personal identifying information (PII) of others and then used it to file fraudulent tax returns with the IRS. During a search of his residence, law enforcement officers discovered notebooks of PII, as well as debit cards in other individuals’ names. The investigation revealed that Lark had filed more than 200 fraudulent tax returns requesting approximately $1.2 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

 

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sara C. Sweeney and Adam Saltzman.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
StopFraud
Tax
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Updated February 2, 2017