Brevard County Resident Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Tax Fraud Scheme and Aggravated Identity Theft

Monday, September 30th, 2013 @ 9:34PM

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U.S. Attorney’s Office September 23, 2013

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell today sentenced Abdul Cunningham (38, Rockledge) to 12 years in federal prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The court also ordered Cunningham to pay restitution in the amount of $560,731.00. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $560,731.00, the proceeds of the wire fraud scheme.

Cunningham pleaded guilty on June 13, 2013. Co-defendant Jana Harris-Cunningham pleaded guilty on June 24, 2013. Harris-Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced on October 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Presnell.

According to court documents, the defendants engaged in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Treasury Department by filing fraudulent income tax returns and negotiating fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identities, commonly referred to as Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF).

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