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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 12, 2014

Port Saint Lucie Return Preparer Sentenced For Tax Fraud And Identity Theft Schemes



Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that defendant Stevens Nore, 33, of Port Saint Lucie, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2,761,397 in restitution.

Nore was previously convicted by a jury of 30 counts, including 21 counts of preparing false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2), four counts of filing false individual tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1), three counts of theft of public money, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and two counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

According to records filed in this case and statements made in court, from June 11, 2009 through April 2012, Nore owned and operated Fraternity Tax and Services, a tax return preparation business located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Nore prepared and submitted Individual Tax Returns (Forms 1040), with accompanying schedules, to the IRS on behalf of taxpayers claiming false deductions and credits for tax years 2009 to 2011. Nore also filed false tax returns for 2010 through 2013 by falsely stating the amount of gross receipts and sales on Schedule C forms. Nore stole three tax refunds totaling $26,349.30 to which he was not entitled, and used the identity of two individuals without their permission.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell R. Killinger.

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