On Wednesday, it was announced that a Lauderhill, Florida resident had been sentenced to prison for his involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. 53-year-old Evens Julien was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Documents and information provided to the court explain that from 2008 to January of 2015, Evens Julien and others used stolen IDs to file more than 2,000 tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. The fraudulent returns sought more than $2 million in refunds.
Julien and his co-conspirators recruited others to acquire Electronic Filing Identification Numbers from the IRS in their names. Then, the EFINs were used to file fraudulent returns. The defendant directed the refunds to debit cards and treasury checks that were mailed to South Florida addresses. The checks were then cashed at check cashing stores. Western Union and ATMs were used to withdraw the funds.
Julien pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, commit wire fraud and commit aggravated identity theft and aggravated identity theft in October. In addition to the 48 months in prison, Julien has been ordered to serve four years of supervised release and to pay $1,169,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Additional details can be found here.