The indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of government funds.  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 Gera Peoples.

 

18.     United States v. Thierry Audren, Case No. 12-20738-CR-Williams

 

        On September 28, 2012, defendant Thierry Audren, 23, of Miami, was charged in a ten (10) count indictment in connection with a scheme to steal identities from a local health care provider.  According to the indictment, the defendant, an employee of a local health care provider, was found with at least fifteen (15) social security numbers, names and date of births belonging to patients of that health care provider.

 

        The indictment 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 Miami-Dade Police Department, the City of Aventura Police Department, and IRS-CI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gera Peoples.

 

19.     United States v. Natoya Mashea Handy, Case No. 12-20771-CR-Rosenbaum

 

        On October 5, 2012, defendant Natoya Mashea Handy, 30, of Miami, was charged in a six (6) count indictment in connection with a scheme to steal identities of current and former inmates from the State of Florida Department of Corrections.  According to the indictment, the defendant was found with at least fifteen (15) social security numbers, names and date of births belonging persons who were formerly or presently incarcerated.

 

        The indictment 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 City of Aventura Police Department, the City of Miami Gardens Police Department, IRS-CI, with assistance from the GSA-Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gera Peoples.

 

20.     United States v. Luis Enrique Ledee Bernard a/k/a “Luis L. Bernard,” Case No. 12-20776- CR-Moreno

 

        On October 9, 2012, defendant Luis Enrique Ledee Bernard,a/k/a “Luis L. Bernard,” 21, of Miramar, was charged in a seventeen count indictment in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent tax return proceeds.  According to the indictment, the defendant deposited nine (9) fraudulent tax refund checks that were fraudulently obtained by using the stolen personal identification information of at least (4) persons who were deceased.  The proceeds from the nine fraudulent tax return refunds were direct-deposited into the defendant’s bank account.

       

        The indictment charges the defendant with theft of government funds, forged endorsements and signatures on U.S. Treasury checks, 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. Postal Inspection Service and IRS-CI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gera Peoples.

 

        In all cases, the defendants face the following possible maximum statutory terms of imprisonment if convicted:  wire fraud:  20 years’ imprisonment; conspiracy to make false claims against the United States: 10 years’ imprisonment; access device fraud: 5 to 15 years’ imprisonment; stealing government funds: 10 years’ imprisonment; and aggravated identity theft: 2 years’ consecutive to any other term of imprisonment.

 

An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.