Miami Resident Sentenced In Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service (USSS), announce that Markinson Dolce, 25, of Miami, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra to 72 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $141,768 in restitution to the IRS.
Dolce previously pled guilty to one count of theft of government monies, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.
According to court documents, on February 2, 2012, a marked Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) unit stopped a vehicle driven by Dolce that resulted in the seizure of six debit and credit cards, a laptop computer and flash drive, a notebook (containing handwritten lists of approximately 300 individuals’ names, social security account numbers, dates of birth, and employer identification numbers), and numerous items of mail in different names listing Dolce's home address. In total, Dolce had the personal identifying information (including names, dates of birth and social security numbers) of 461 different persons in his possession. It was later determined that the debit cards contained approximately $33,000 in fraudulent federal income tax refunds from 16 different fraudulent federal income tax returns that were filed.
In total, at least 75 different fraudulent federal income tax returns were filed in an attempt to secure $545,563.00 in fraudulent income tax refunds from the United States Treasury in Dolce's scheme. All of the names linked to the fraudulent tax refunds were found in the seized notebook from the FHP car stop.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the USSS. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Carlton.
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 http://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 http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.