David Saks: Tampa Man Sentenced to 3+ Years in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

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Tampa Man Sentenced to 3+ Years in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Tampa Man Sentenced to More Than Three Years

in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office February 03, 2015
  • Middle District of Florida (813) 274-6000

TAMPA, FL—U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced

Gerrell Houston

to 38 months in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. Houston pleaded guilty in September 2014.

According to court documents and information presented at sentencing, Houston conspired with others to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by filing false and fraudulent income tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of unwitting individuals.

The conspirators filed 50 fraudulent tax returns, claiming $331,849 in refunds, and succeeded in obtaining more than $108,000 from the U.S. government.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • February 04 2015 05:48AM

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David Saks I am sorry, but the Federal sentencing guidelines need to be revamped to allow for stiffer sentences in thee types of cases. The effect on the innocent party often lasts much longer than three years and is extremely expensive to correct.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 5 years ago

Thanks, Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI The type of fraud associated with the case is tragically common.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 5 years ago

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