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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Haven Man Sentenced To Seven Years For Stealing Tax Refunds And Personal Identity Information

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Daniel White to seven years in federal prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.  As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $320,703.84, which are the losses to the United States Treasury.

White was found guilty in August 2012, but before he could be sentenced, he absconded.  In July 2016, law enforcement officers located White in Polk County, where he was found hiding in an air conditioning return duct at a home. He was arrested without incident.

According to court documents, from May 2011 until October 2011, White used stolen personal identity information (“PII”) from at least 39 victims to prepare and  file tax returns without their knowledge or consent.  At least 24 of those victims were deceased when White made these fraudulent submissions.  White then directed the Internal Revenue Service to electronically deposit the fraudulent refunds into a bank account that he controlled.  The total intended losses in this case were approximately $737,588.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristen A. Fiore and Amanda Kaiser.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
StopFraud
Tax
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Updated November 30, 2016