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Tampa Man Sentenced In Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Walter Fambro to 3 years and 10 months’ imprisonment for his role in committing stolen identity refund fraud. As part of his sentence, the Court also ordered him to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $326,133. Fambro pleaded guilty on November 28, 2016.


According to court documents, Fambro filed false and fraudulent income tax returns in the names of living and deceased individuals. In these fraudulent returns, he and others represented that they were entitled to the refunds for those persons and requested that the IRS deposit the refunds into accounts that had been established in the names of the victims. As a result of their scheme, Fambro received $326,133 in fraudulent income tax refund payments.


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

Updated February 17, 2017

Financial Fraud