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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 15, 2014

Two Miami Residents Sentenced For Money Laundering Activities Involving Stolen Identity Tax Refunds



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), and Ronald J. Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, announce that Steven Toussaint, 33, and Emmanuel Marvin Alphonse, 28, both of Miami, were sentenced before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. Toussaint was sentenced to 46 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Alphonse was sentenced to 37 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Each defendant previously pled guilty to one count of money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i).

According to court documents, from January 1, 2011 through July 29, 2011, the defendants engaged in money laundering activities involving the cashing of money orders funded with fraudulent, stolen identity tax refunds. Both Toussaint and Alphonse had their own check cashing accounts at the Cash-A-Check check-cashing store. Steven Toussaint cashed 985 money orders, totaling $490,401, using his own Cash-A-Check account. Emmanuel Marvin Alphonse cashed 581 money orders, totaling $286,995, using his own Cash-A-Check account. The defendants knew that the money orders were funded by unlawful activity, and knowingly conducted the transactions on behalf of third-parties for the purpose of concealing and disguising the nature and source of the unlawful proceeds in exchange for a portion of the funds involved in each transaction.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and USPIS. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Maderal.

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