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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Miramar Brothers Sentenced to 8½ and 7 Years in Prison for their Participation in an Identity Theft Scheme

Bechir Delva, 24, and Dan Kenny Delva, 27, both of Miramar, were sentenced to 102 months and 84 months, respectively, by United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas for their participation in an identity theft scheme.  Judge Dimitrouleas also ordered the defendants to pay $186,697 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

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 Robert C. Hutchinson, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement. 

Bechir Delva and Dan Kenny Delva were convicted on February 19, 2016, following a trial before Judge Dimitrouleas, of one count of conspiracy to possess fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(b)(2), one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3), and five counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). 

According to evidence presented at trial, the defendants conspired to possess and did possess debit cards and over 1,600 Social Security numbers issued to other persons.  To protect the unauthorized personal identification information, the defendants possessed several firearms, including an AR-15 rifle, a SIG 522 rifle and a .380 pistol.  At trial, eight victims testified that they neither knew the defendants nor authorized them to possess their Social Security numbers and other personal information. 

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and ICE-HSI.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Byrne.

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.

Identity Theft
Updated May 12, 2016