Cutler Bay Man Sentenced in $12 Million Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving the Cashing of Thousands of Fraudulently Obtained U.S. Treasury Checks

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U.S. Attorney’s Office June 05, 2013

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Paula A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS); Ronald Verrochio, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Field Office; and Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced the sentencing of defendant Jesus Calvo, 30 of Cutler Bay, for his role in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, to 58 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez also ordered the defendant to pay $9.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the factual proffer, the defendant operated a check cashing store called J&S Taxes in Perrine, Florida. Beginning in or around February 2012 and continuing through in or around June 2012, the defendant cashed thousands of fraudulently obtained United States Department of Treasury income tax refund checks (totaling approximately $12 million) that were brought by co-conspirators. The defendant knew that the checks had been obtained by fraud and without authorization of the true taxpayer.

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