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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Davie Resident Sentenced for her Role in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

A Davie resident was sentenced by United States District Judge Beth Bloom to 24 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $191,678 for her role in an identity theft tax fraud scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Raymond Black, Chief, Miramar Police Department, made the announcement.

Ashley Monique Leroy, 26, of Davie, previously pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Codes Section 1028A(a)(1).

According to court documents, on September 17, 2012, police officers from the Miramar Police Department arrested Leroy for possession of marijuana and other traffic infractions. After her arrest, officers conducted an inventory search of her vehicle and recovered a blue notebook that contained hundreds of personal identifying information, such as names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth. The notebook also contained information explaining how to file income tax returns.

As part of her plea agreement, Leroy agreed to pay restitution to the IRS of $191,678. This amount represents the monetary loss for the filing of fraudulent income taxes in the names of the individuals listed in the blue notebook found in Leroy’s possession.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Strike Force, with special commendation to the IRS-CI and the City of Miramar Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miesha Shonta Darrough.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated February 4, 2016