Broward Man Slapped with Stiff 13-Year Prison Sentence in ID-Theft, Tax-Fraud Case
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 @ 11:07PM
February 22, 2013
Rodney St. Fleur admitted in federal court Friday that he stole thousands of Social Security numbers of prison inmates through LexisNexis database searches at his employer’s law office in North Miami.
St. Fleur then sold the valuable digits to a gang member accused of filing millions of dollars’ worth of fabricated tax-refund claims in the prisoners’ names.
For his crime, St. Fleur, 28, was slapped with the stiffest punishment yet in South Florida for an identity-theft, tax-refund fraud offender: 13 years in prison.
Federal prosecutor Michael Berger described St. Fleur’s and similar tax-refund scams as “out of control,” comparing the crime wave to Miami’s cocaine-cowboy days of the 1980s.