North Miami Beach 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), Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service (USSS), and J. Scott Dennis, Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department, announce that Dines Blanc, 24, of North Miami Beach, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore to 42 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release.
Blanc previously pled guilty to one count of possession of 15 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).
According to court documents, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence where Blanc lived and found handwritten lists of names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of other individuals; applications to a staffing agency, including W-4s, 1-9, and resumes; medical information sheets; and approximately 25 debit cards. In total, Blanc was in possession of 611 unique pieces of personal identifying information (PII) of others. Fraudulent tax returns were filed on behalf of at least 16 individuals whose PII was found in Blanc’s residence. The loss amount is $305,500.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI, the USSS, and the North Miami Beach Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie Galvin.
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.