Second Defendant Pleads Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 @ 1:13AM
U.S. Attorney’s Office January 09, 2014
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Daniel C. Alexander, Chief, Boca Raton Police Department, announce that defendant Brandon James, of Miami, pled guilty today for his participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme. Sentencing is scheduled for March 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley.
Specifically, James pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to steal money of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, the conspiracy being a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; one count of theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641; and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge, a maximum of 10 years in prison for the theft of government funds charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for the aggravated identity theft charge.