Monday, May 09, 2016

Denzel Roberts, Houston, Texas Guilty of Identify Theft/ Access IRS “Get Transcript” database

Posted By CotoBlogzz
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  Denzel Roberts, Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston to one count of theft of public money, according to announcement by Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.

An indictment returned on Nov. 10, 2015, charged Denzel Roberts, 24, with participating in a scheme that used stolen personal identification information to file false federal income tax returns for tax year 2014.  Participants in the scheme obtained means of identification of actual individuals, including their names and social security numbers, and used this information to access the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) “Get Transcript” database.  Using the stolen identities and information obtained from the Get Transcript database, other members of the scheme prepared and filed false tax returns fraudulently requesting refunds.  
According to the plea agreement, Roberts used a fraudulent passport to open several bank accounts into which the refunds were deposited. Roberts withdrew the illicit proceeds, retaining a portion of the money as a fee and providing the remainder of the funds to others.

Roberts faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.  As part of his plea agreement, Roberts agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $74,341.39. 

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