Miami Resident Sentenced in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Paula Reid, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service (USSS), and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), announce that Josue Pierre, 30, of Miami, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Pierre previously pled guilty to one count of use of unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).
According to court documents, in early 2013, Pierre used his brother’s IRS electronic filing identification number (EFlN) to obtain a batch of pre-paid debit cards from a tax refund payment company. Pierre then used this EFIN to file tax returns in other people’s names containing false information for the purpose of obtaining refunds from the Department of Treasury. The refunds were paid out onto pre-paid debit cards activated in other people’s names, and Pierre made withdrawals on these debit cards at ATM locations.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, IRS-CI, USSS and ICE-HSI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.