Examples of Identity Theft Schemes – Fiscal Year 2012

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 @ 9:12PM

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The following examples of identity theft investigations are written from public record documents on file in the court records in the judicial district in which the cases were prosecuted.

Florida Woman Sentenced for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft
On September 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla., Arswaya Ralph was sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay $273,254 in restitution, of which $105,280 has already been recovered by the United States. According to court documents, Ralph admitted that she had been filing fraudulent tax returns using other people’s names and identifying information. At least 65 fraudulent tax returns for the 2010 tax year were found on Ralph’s laptop computer. These 65 false claims resulted in an intended loss of $467,781. On June 2, 2011, a search warrant at Ralph’s home in Riverview, Fla, turned up $31,387 in U.S. currency, approximately 42 reloadable debit cards, two laptop computers, and approximately twelve handwritten ledgers. The ledgers contained numerous individuals’ names, dates of birth, social security numbers, personal identification numbers for online tax filing services, and other financial information including bank account and routing numbers. The investigation also revealed that Ralph attended and hosted “Drop Parties” during which she and others electronically filed numerous fraudulent income tax returns simultaneously.

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