Three Individuals Plead Guilty in Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:26PM

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U.S. Attorney’s Office March 20, 2015 • Southern District of Florida (313) 226-9100

Three individuals, including a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service, have pled guilty based on their participation in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, and Ronald J. Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, made the announcement.

Shawn Hawes, 34, of Miami, Florida, Toni Sophia Yates, 28, of Hollywood, Florida, and Kelly Urseles Roberts, 39, of Miami, Florida, each pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft. Hawes and Yates also pled guilty to one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices. Roberts also pled guilty to one count of theft of government property.

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