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Tampa Man Sentenced on Fraud Charges

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

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh announced thatAdnan Ali Sabla, 50, of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert Hinkle to serve 27 months in prison for fraud charges.  Sabla will serve a three-year term of supervised release after his incarceration and is required to pay $112,861.12 in restitution.  

Sabla was arrested on March 18, 2013, when he arrived in Tallahassee with 24 stolen and fraudulently-obtained Treasury checks.  He admitted that he had delivered wrongfully-obtained checks on other occasions.  Sabla was sentenced based on a total of 59 checks, in a total amount of $254,832.54.

The majority of these checks were obtained by the filing of income tax returns, which falsely claimed that refunds were due.  Sabla also delivered some stolen Social Security and Veteran’s Benefits checks.  In the pleas entered in court Sabla was described as a middleman who transported the checks between the persons who obtained them and persons who could cash them.

U.S. Attorney Marsh credited the success of this prosecution to the joint efforts of the U.S. Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael T. Simpson. 

Updated January 26, 2015