Henry Dorvil, Brandon Johnson, Dukens Eleazard, Herve Wilmore Jr., Jesse Lamar Harrell, John Similien, Marc Leroy Saint Juste., Luckner St Fleur, Marie Eleazard, Miguel Patterson, and Ruth Cartwright were charged in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida indictment this week after they allegedly stole identities and filed for fraudulent tax returns, press sources indicate. They are each charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, one count of committing aggravated identity theft, and two counts of wire fraud. It is unclear whether any of the defendants have been arrested, or, if so, if they have qualified for bail. A lawyer has not yet spoken out on behalf of any of the defendants.
According to an indictment filed with the Attorney’s Office of South Florida, the 11 defendants participated in a scheme to steal identities with the intentions of using the stolen information to file for fraudulent tax returns. Detectives say the defendants stole identities from persons both living and dead. Identity theft is a core component of a number of types of fraud, including creating fraudulent bank accounts, filing for fraudulent prescriptions, and filing for fraudulent tax returns.
“Stolen identity refund fraud is spreading in South Florida like an out-of-control wildfire,” an attorney general spokesperson said. “Today, in just one case, we are charging another 11 individuals who used stolen identities, including that of almost 3,000 deceased persons, to file fraudulent returns seeking close to $35 million in tax refunds.”
Reports say the 11 defendants enlisted the help of conspirators to create Electronic Filing Identification Numbers and businesses using the stolen identities. The defendants reportedly used the falsified accounts, businesses, and documents to file for fraudulent tax refund compensation and false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. In all, detectives say the defendants filed 6,961 fraudulent federal income tax returns that netted them approximately $34,096,321. The defendants could face up to 28 years in prison if a court finds them guilty on each of the charges.
In other news out of Broward County, Jamichael Warner of Plantation was arrested Sunday after he allegedly shot Antonio Brinson during an argument, sources report. Brinson, 33, was transported to a nearby hospital; his condition was stable following the shooting. Warner, 23, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on multiple charges, including one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. It is unclear whether he has qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the shooting occurred outside of a home in the 3400 hundred block of West Broward Boulevard. Warner and Brinson were arguing when Warner allegedly shot Brinson. Warner fled the scene and fired the gun into the air several times, reports say. Police officers, alerted to the shooting, arrived and searched for Warner. Reports say Warner gave himself over to police sometime after the incident. Meanwhile, paramedics took Brinson to the Broward Health Medical Center. Brinson sustained at least one gunshot wound in the shooting, but is in stable condition, reports say.