Ringleader Of Identity Theft Ring And Accomplice Plead Guilty
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Ric. L. Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, announce that Jennifer Robinson, 36, of West Palm Beach, and Elton Baker, 29, of Center Hill, pled guilty for their participation in a wide-ranging identity theft scheme.
Specifically, Robinson pled guilty to all counts in a superseding indictment, which included one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 1349, twelve counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 1343, eleven counts of stealing government monies, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 641, twelve counts of aggravated identity theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 1028A, and, one count of unauthorized access device fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 1029(a)(2). Elton Baker pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. At sentencing, the defendants face a maximum of ten years in prison for each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, theft of government funds, and unauthorized access device fraud; and, a mandatory term of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge, to run consecutively to any other sentence.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra.
The scheme involved, in part, stealing the identities of patients at a medical facility in central Florida. Those identities were then used to file fraudulent federal income tax returns in the patients’ names seeking fraudulent refunds, and obtaining fraudulent credit cards which were then used to make fraudulent purchases.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Carlton.
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.