Broward County Resident Sentenced In $2 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
Lee Ervin Dale, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, was sentenced for his participation in a tax refund scheme using stolen identities. United States District Judge Kathleen M. Williams sentenced Dale to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered restitution in the amount of $275,740. Dale was indicted in October 2012 was convicted in April.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial and sentencing, Dale filed approximately 291 handwritten tax returns claiming more than $2 million in refunds between 2006 and 2009 using stolen identities and listing his P.O. Box address. Although the IRS was able to prevent refund checks from being issued on most of these claims, approximately $275,000 in refund checks were mailed to his P.O. Box. Several of these checks were deposited directly into bank accounts bearing both Dale’s name and the identity theft victim’s name. Other checks were cashed at a check cashing store in Oakland Park, Florida, in exchange for cash and money orders that Dale then deposited into his own accounts.
But where did he get the PII? The publicly available court records do not tell us.