On September 28, 2012, six (6) defendants were charged in a sixty-eight count indictment for their participation in a stolen identity tax refund scheme that resulted in the submission of fraudulent tax refund claims.  Charged in the indictment were Jean Noel, 33, Edy St. Jean, 38, Frandy Prophete, 33, Saul Frederick, 38, Frantz Charles, 38, and Alan Melvyn Jefferson, 54, all of Miami-Dade County, Florida.  The indictment charges that, through the conspiracy, the defendants caused the submission to the IRS of fraudulent tax returns in the names of deceased individuals in order to receive tax refunds to which they were not entitled, which refunds were later deposited into bank accounts they controlled.

 

        The defendants were charged with conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, filing false claims with the IRS, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI, the U.S. Secret Service, and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Bonau.

 

6.         United States v. Douglas Michael Young, et al., Case No. 12-20767-CR-Dimitrouleas

 

On October 5, 2011, six (6) defendants were charged in a nine count indictment for their participation in a tax refund scheme that resulted in the submission of approximately $1,207,389.00 in fraudulent claims for refunds using the personal identification information of unknowing.  Charged in the indictment were Douglas Michael Young, a/k/a “Douglas Pierre,”41, Nicole Young, a/k/a “Nicole Pierre,”a/k/a “Nicole Pierre Smith,” 42, both of Miramar, Jeffrey Andre Young,  Jr., 31, and Ernest V. Charles, 37, both of Miami, and Joseph Bshara, 27, and Siham Benabdallah, 23, both of Miami Shores, Florida.

       

According to the indictment, defendants Douglas Michael Young and his wife, Nicole Young (the Youngs), owned and operated two tax preparation companies, Supreme Tax and Young Professional Services, Inc.  The Youngs would obtain identification information from unknowing victims and use their identification information without their authorization to file fraudulent refund claims.  In furtherance of the scheme, the Youngs charged the unknowing victims a “fee” for their purported tax preparation services.  The Youngs would deduct the “fee” from any tax refunds and would deposit the “fee” into bank accounts they controlled.  The remainder of the refunds would be converted into personal checks that would be deposited into bank accounts controlled by co-defendants Ernest V. Charles, Joseph Bshara, and Siham Benabdallah.  Defendant Jeffrey Andre Young, Jr. would deliver the personal checks to Joseph Bshara and Siham Benabdallah for deposit into the bank accounts that they controlled.

 

           The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to steal government funds, theft of public money, and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to IRS-CI and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Lunkenheimer.

 

7.      United States v. Bridgette Piedra and Jane Piedra, Case No. 12-20761-CR-Ungaro

 

On October 4, 2012, two defendants were charged in a five count indictment for their involvement in stealing two Treasury checks and an electronic refund.  Charged in the indictment were Bridgette Piedra, 27, and her sister, Jane Piedra, 29, both of Miami.  According to the indictment, on or about September 14, 2009, Bridgette and Jane Piedra stole two U.S. Treasury tax refund checks, one for $19,890.00 and the other for $8,856.00.  The indictment further charges that, on or about February 26, 2010, Jane Piedra stole an additional U.S. Treasury tax refund electronic deposit in the amount of $6,628.00.

 

        The indictment charges the defendants with theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft.  Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to the U.S. Secret Service and IRS-CI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Watson.

 

8.      United States v. Rose Mary Steed and Demetrice Nicole Steed, Case No. 12-20773-CR-Huck

 

        On October 9, 2012, two defendants were charged in a four (4) count indictment for their participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme relating to a local health care provider.   Charged in the indictment were Rose Mary Steed, 57,and Demetrice Nicole Steed, 36, both of Miami, Florida.  According to the indictment, the defendants were employees of a local health care provider.  As part of their regular employment, the defendants had access to patient records, which they used to steal patients’ personal identification information.  Both defendants then sold the patients’ personal identification information for cash.  The patients’ personal identification information was then used by others to file fraudulent tax returns and to obtain tax refunds.

 

        The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit identity theft, unauthorized possession of personal identification information, 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 and the Miami-Dade Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

9.       United States v. Michael Wilson, Case No.12- 60253-CR-Cohn