Examples of Identity Theft Schemes – Fiscal Year 2013
Friday, June 14th, 2013 @ 10:32PM
The following examples of identity theft schemes 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
On May 9, 2013, in Tampa, Fla., Rhonda Yvette Brooks was sentenced to 42 months in prison and ordered to pay $23,096 in restitution. Brooks pleaded guilty on February 20, 2013 to charges of tax fraud and aggravated identity theft. According to court documents, Brooks submitted fraudulent tax returns electronically from her residence totaling more than $70,000. She submitted tax returns for several fictitious identities provided by the IRS in an undercover operation.
Florida Man Sentenced for Stealing Government Money in Tax Fraud Scheme
On May 9, 2013, in Tampa, Fla., Larry Lee Northern, Jr. was sentenced to 32 months in prison for theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Northern pleaded guilty on January 19, 2013. According to court documents, on October 6, 2011, Northern was stopped by law enforcement for excessive speeding. During the stop, he was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics, various prepaid debit cards, store money cards, internal corporate documents from a local healthcare company and $15,700 in cash. The documents contained the personal identification information of numerous individuals. Subsequent investigation determined that 12 of the prepaid debit cards were credited with fraudulently filed income tax refunds. In addition, nine of the store money cards were credited with proceeds of fraudulently filed income tax returns.