North Miami Resident Pleads Guilty to Possession of Access Devices
Keven Aime, 21, of North Miami, Florida, pled guilty yesterday to one count of possession of fifteen or more access devices with the intent to defraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3) and 2.
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 Steve Steinberg, Chief, Aventura Police Department, made the announcement.
According to the factual proffer in support of the guilty plea, on August 24, 2012, Aime was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. A search of the car revealed a notebook containing the personal identifying information of approximately forty-five other people, including names, occupations, dates of birth, and social security numbers.
The personal identifying information in the notebook corresponded to victims of tax refund fraud. Twenty victims had fraudulent tax returns filed in their names in 2011, and thirty-seven victims had fraudulent tax returns filed in their names in 2012. The total loss to the Internal Revenue Service was $109,628.
Aime is scheduled to be sentenced on August 26, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the Aventura Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tonya R. Long.
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 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 www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.