Tampa Man Sentenced to Four Years in Tax Return Fraud
His crimes were discovered when he was pulled over for speeding, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
TALLAHASSEE – A Tampa man is facing four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to theft of government money, possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identify theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said.
Henry Flerijean, 28, of Tampa, was sentenced Thursday to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $558,075 in restitution. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Canova said that, in February 2012, Flerijean was pulled over for speeding. The deputy said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The deputy searched the car and found a book bag with 7.5 grams of marijuana in it and approximately $21,427 in U.S. currency. Inside the carpet lining of the trunk, the deputy recovered two separate stacks of debit cards in other people’s names. He also discovered 31 counterfeit debit cards, two computers, and a notebook with names, social security numbers, and dates of birth, of individuals. The names from the notebook matched some of the names found on the debit cards in the vehicle. The computers contained evidence of fraudulently submitted tax returns.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.
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