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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Miami Residents Plead Guilty In Scheme To File False Tax Returns

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), George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and J. Scott Dennis, Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department, announce that defendants Michael Virgile, 28, and Shana Sainvil, 26, both of Miami, each pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. At sentencing, the defendants each face up to twenty years in prison.

According to court documents, in 2009, Virgile set up a corporation called Tax Masters & Multi-Services LLC (Tax Masters) listing himself as managing member with Sainvil, and Sainvil applied for two electronic filing identification numbers (EFINs) with the IRS. From early 2010 to late 2011, Virgile caused fraudulent income tax returns in other people’s names to be filed with the IRS primarily using Sainvil’s EFINs. Virgile knowingly included fraudulent income amounts and inapplicable tax credits to cause a greater refund payment. Many of the tax returns were prepared in the names of high school or college students who were not entitled to refunds.

Court documents also state that approximately $1.2 million in fraudulent refunds were deposited into bank accounts controlled by Virgil, and between $200,000 and $400,000 in fraudulent refunds were paid into Sainvil’s accounts. The defendants used the fraudulent refund proceeds for their own personal use and benefit.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI, FBI and North Miami Beach Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

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.

Updated March 12, 2015