On October 5, 2012, defendant Michael Wilson, 24, of Miramar, was charged in a five (5) count indictment for his participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme relating to a local health care provider.  According to the indictment, defendant Wilson was an employee of a local health care provider.  As part of his regular employment, Wilson had access to patient records from which he stole patients’ personal identification information.  Defendant then sold the patients’ personal identification information for cash.  The patients’ personal identifying information was then used by the defendant to file fraudulent tax returns to obtain tax refund proceeds.

 

        The indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service, 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 the U.S. Secret Service and IRS-CI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

10.     United States v. Johnny Alexander Melo, Case No. 12-20762-CR-Graham

 

        On October 5, 2012, defendant Johnny Alexander Melo, 36, of Miramar, was charged in a ten (10) count indictment for his participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme.  According to the indictment, defendant Melo and his co-conspirators stole personal identification information and used the stolen information to file false tax returns in the identities of at least 22 individuals.  The U.S. Treasury issued tax refund checks in the names of those individuals.  Melo then attempted to cash these fraudulently obtained tax refund checks by using false drivers’ licenses in the names of the stolen identities. 

 

        The indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to use a false identification document, possession of five or more identification documents, 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 FBI and IRS-CI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

11.      United States v. Arthy Icart and Charlton Escarmant, Case No. 12-20764-CR-Lenard

 

        On October 5, 2012, two defendants were charged in a five (5) count indictment for their participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme.  Charged in the indictment were Arthy Icart, 24, and Charlton Escarmant, 28, both of Miami.  According to the indictment, the defendants used stolen personal identification information to file false tax returns to obtain tax refunds to which they were not entitled.  In addition, both defendants filed tax returns in their own names and created false W-2 forms with fictitious employer information.  The indictment also alleges that the defendants were unlawfully in possession of at least fifteen (15) Wal-Mart pre-paid tax debit cards embossed with other peoples’ names. 

 

        The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service, 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 the IRS-CI and the North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

12.     United States v. Michlson LaRochelle, Case No. 12-14074-CR-Graham

 

        On October 4, 2012, defendant Michlson LaRochelle, 22, of Fort Pierce, was charged with stealing a U.S. Treasury check.  The indictment charges the defendant with theft of government funds.  

 

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to the IRS-CI and the Aventura Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

13.     United States v. Alexander Louis, Case No. 12-60250-CR-Williams