Miami Gardens Resident Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
A Miami Gardens resident pled guilty to a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), made the announcement.
Rosheem Oneil Williams, 19, pled guilty to one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). At sentencing, Williams faces a maximum statutory sentence of ten years in prison for the access device charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
According to court documents, IRS-CI investigators noticed that, from January 17, 2015 through June 6, 2015, 187 tax returns claiming refunds totaling $363,457 were filed from Williams’ residence. A search warrant was executed at the residence on June 19, 2015, and law enforcement found and seized numerous items containing personal identification information (PII) (including names, dates of birth, and social security numbers). Specifically, agents found computer-generated lists and an Apple iPad containing hundreds of individuals’ PII.
Agents interviewed Williams, and he admitted that he possessed the PII found in the residence on June 19, 2015, and that he prepared and filed at least 180 tax returns without the permission of the individuals in whose names the returns were filed.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. United States District Judge Marcia G. Cooke.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daya Nathan.