Return Preparer Pleads Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
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 Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, announce that Victorio Rosier, 37, of Haiti, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).
According to court documents, Rosier incorporated his company, Rosier’s Enterprise Corporation, and submitted applications for an Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) and Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) to file tax returns electronically with the IRS. Rosier obtained, without authorization, personal identifying information (PII) of various individuals, including their names, dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses, for the purpose of filing fraudulent income tax returns claiming tax refunds in those individuals’ names. Rosier or his co-conspirators printed out the refund checks, which his co-conspirators cashed. The checks contained the refund amount minus all applicable tax preparation and bank fees. Rosier charged exorbitant fees for the preparation of these fraudulent tax returns so that he could take away a larger percentage of the fraudulent tax refund for himself.
From February 2011 through March 2011, Rosier requested approximately $250,686 in fraudulent refunds. The number of victims involved is greater than fifty, but fewer than two-hundred fifty.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2015. At sentencing, Rosier faces up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the USSS. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia E. Shick.
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.