On October 5, 2012, three (3) defendants were charged in a thirteen count indictment for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme that resulted in the submission of approximately $14 million in fraudulent refund claims.  Charged in the indictment are Serge St-Vil, 62, of Miami, Muller Pierre, 62, of North Miami Beach, and Finshley Fanor, 34, of Lauderhill.  According to the indictment, Fanor applied for an electronic filing identification number (EFIN), enabling him to file fraudulent returns for other individuals.  To further the scheme, defendant St-Vil used personal identification information, including names and Social Security numbers, of deceased persons to file false individual income tax returns seeking refunds.  St-Vil filed these returns using defendant Fanor’s EFIN.  In this way, the defendants filed more than 5,000 individual income tax returns, nearly all of which were in the names of deceased persons, seeking approximately $14 million in fraudulent refunds.  More than $6 million in refunds were deposited into bank accounts controlled by some of the defendants.    

 

        The defendants were charged with conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to the IRS-CI, the U.S. Secret Service, the Miami Gardens Police Department, and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

 

2.      United States v. Rodney Saint Fleur, Case No. 12-20772-CR-Scola

 

        On October 9, 2012, Rodney Saint Fleur, 32, of West Park, was charged in a three count Information with using more than 26,000 identities in a tax refund scheme from 2009 through 2011.  According to the Information, the defendant and co-conspirators agreed on a plan to use stolen personal identification information to file fraudulent tax returns. More specifically, from April 2009 through October 2011, the defendant searched a public database and fraudulently obtained the Social Security numbers of more than 26,000 people.  The defendant provided these Social Security numbers to co-conspirators for use in an identity theft tax refund scheme.  Armed with the stolen personal identification information, co-conspirators filed fraudulent and unauthorized tax returns seeking refunds in the names of the victims whose identification had been stolen by Saint-Fleur.   

       

The defendant was charged with conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI (St. Paul and Miami) and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

 

3.      United States v. Lineten Belizaire, et al., Case No. 12-20763-CR-Altonaga

 

        On October 5, 2012, four (4) defendants were charged in a seventeen count indictment for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme that resulted in the submission of approximately $1 million in fraudulent refund claims.  Charged in the indictment were Lineten Belizaire, 21, Earnest Baldwin, 37, Earl Baldwin, 41, and Marckell Steward, 21, all of Miami.  According to the indictment, defendant Belizaire exchanged personal identification information of various individuals with defendant Steward and other co-conspirators, for the purpose of submitting fraudulent tax returns to the IRS.  Co-conspirators allegedly caused hundreds of fraudulent and unauthorized tax returns in various individuals’ names to be submitted to the IRS, requesting payment of tax refunds onto pre-paid debit cards.  Defendant Earnest Baldwin allegedly possessed several notebooks, containing more than one thousand names and corresponding dates of birth and Social Security numbers, which appeared to be tax refund fraud ledgers. 

 

        The defendants were charged with conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to IRS-CI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Hialeah Police Department, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Special Response Team.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

 

4.      United States v. Frantz Pierre, et al., Case No. 12-20696-CR-Cooke

 

        On September 21, 2012, three (3) defendants were charged in a thirteen count indictment for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme that resulted in the submission of approximately $2.2 million in fraudulent refund claims.  Charged in the indictment were Frantz Pierre, 32, of Parkland, Terry Pierre, 28, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 32, all of Miami. According to the indictment, 1,000 pre-paid debit cards were sent to Frantz Pierre’s business in the name of Tax Professors, LLC.  Co-conspirators allegedly caused approximately 338 fraudulent and unauthorized tax returns to be submitted to the IRS seeking $2.2 million in refunds for payment onto the Tax Professors, LLC debit cards.  The IRS paid approximately $1.9 million in refunds in connection with these fraudulent returns.

 

        The defendants were charged with conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to IRS-CI (Miami and St. Paul), the U.S. Secret Service, and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

 

5.      United States v. Jean Noel, et al., Case No. 12-20740-CR-Dimitrouleas