Fourteen Defendants Charged in Separate Stolen Identity Refund Schemes

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 @ 9:15PM

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Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Richard Weber, Chief, IRS-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI); Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Office; Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service; Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Antonio J. Gomez, Acting Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Miami Division; Guy Fallen, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG); Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-CI, St. Paul Field Office; Steven Steinberg, Chief, Aventura Police Department; Larry Gomer, Chief, North Miami Beach Police Department; and J.D. Patterson, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced the filing of federal charges against 14 defendants in six separate cases in which thousands of stolen identities were used to submit millions of dollars in fraudulent tax refund claims. The cases announced today reaffirm the joint federal and local commitment, first announced in October 2012, to crack down on stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) and its perpetrators.

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