On October 4, 2012, defendant Alexander Louis, 31, of Lauderhill, was charged in a six (6) count indictment for identity theft in connection with Louis’ possession of at least fifteen (15) social security numbers belonging to other individuals.  The indictment also charges the defendant with 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, with assistant from the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

14.     United States v. Vildeon Sajouse, Case No. 12-3364-MJ-Palermo

 

        On October 4, 2012, Vildeon Sajouse, 28, of Miami, was charged by criminal complaint with unlawfully transferring five or more personal identification documents.  Sajousse was attempting to purchase patients’ personal information from an employee who worked at a local health care facility to be used for filing fraudulent tax returns. 

 

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Identity Theft Tax Refund Strike Force, with special commendation to the U.S. Secret Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael B. Nadler.

 

15.     United States v. Frantz Auguste, Case No. 12-3363-MJ-Palermo

 

        On October 4, 2012, defendant Frantz Auguste, 53, of Sunny Isles, was charged by complaint with theft of government funds and possession of at least fifteen (15) Social Security numbers belonging to other individuals.  According to the complaint, Auguste sold false identification documents, copies of false Florida drivers’ licenses, and false Social Security cards to a confidential informant.  Auguste also agreed to negotiate a U.S. Treasury tax refund check, purportedly issued to a victim of identity theft, for a 70% fee.  During the investigation, law enforcement searched Auguste’s business on October 4, 2012, and found a CD with Turbo tax software and handwritten notes containing lists with the personal identification information, including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, of more than 100 individuals.  The printouts included patient information sheets that appear to have originated from a local nursing home and rehabilitation center.  Law enforcement also found multiple tax refund checks, income tax returns in different individuals’ names, and pre-paid debit cards. 

 

        Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of Identity Theft Tax Fraud Strike Force, with special commendation to IRS-CI and North Miami Beach Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

 

16.      United States v. Cesar Coureaux, Case No. 12-20708-CR-Altonaga

 

        On September 25, 2012, defendant Cesar Coureaux, 35, of Hialeah, was charged in an eleven count indictment in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax return refunds. According to the indictment, the defendant filed eleven fraudulent tax returns using the personal identification information of citizens of Puerto Rico who were not required to file federal taxes.  The proceeds from the eleven fraudulent tax return refunds were direct-deposited into the defendant’s bank account.

       

        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 U.S. Secret Service and FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gera Peoples.

 

17.     United States v. Math Benjamin,Case No. 12-20707-CR-Cooke

 

        On September 25, 2012, defendant Math Benjamin, 33, of Miami, was charged in a five (5) count indictment for his participation in an identity theft tax refund scheme.  According to the indictment, Benjamin filed five fraudulent tax returns using the personal identification information of individuals without their permission.  Benjamin then caused the fraudulently obtained refunds to be direct-deposited into his bank account.