A 29-year-old Florida woman was sentenced to more than five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, in connection with an identity theft tax-fraud scheme targeting the names and personal data of 44 U.S. Marines.
Convicted of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, prosecutors say Dorothy Boulin expected to be paid 20% of the money obtained from filing phony tax returns. Prosecutors say she had more than 100 photocopies of stolen driver’s license identification cards, Social Security cards, and printouts of more than 200 names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers.
On January 17, 2012, she allegedly filed six phony online tax returns, seeking approximately $21,301 in fraudulent refunds. Two days later, she filed another eight fraudulent online tax returns seeking approximately $32,627 in fraudulent refunds.
Prosecutors said Boulin was working with Jobson Cenor, a U.S. Marine, who sold the names and identities of his fellow Marines while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Several reports indicate that Cenor transmitted the information to Boulin from December 2011 to January 2012 using an iPad.
Cenor plead not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and faces trial in late August in Miami federal court.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer calls tax-refund scams the latest crime du jour resulting from identity theft.
“When identity theft tax-refund scams pits one Marine against another, it brings home the point that these refunds scams have become a national epidemic that must be eradicated. For this reason, the investigation and prosecution of identity theft has become one of my top priorities,” he said.
The IRS named identity theft the no. 1 crime in its 2012 Dirty Dozen list.