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United States of America v. Evans Julien
Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida
Case Number: 0:17-cr-60043-FAM
Judge: Federico A. Moreno
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami-Dade County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Greg Tortella and Neil Karadbil
Defendant's Attorney: Raymond D'Arsey Houlihan, III - FPD
Description: Miami, FL - Florida Resident Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
A Lauderhill, Florida, man pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to use stolen IDs to file fraudulent tax returns.
According to documents filed with the court, from approximately 2008 through January 2015, in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Evens Julien and others, used stolen IDs, including the personal identifying information of prisoners and deceased individuals, to file over 2,000 tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These fraudulent returns sought more than $2 million in refunds. Julien and his co-conspirators recruited others to obtain Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFIN) from the IRS in their names and used the EFINs to file the fraudulent returns. They directed the refunds to debit cards and treasury checks and had them mailed to South Florida addresses. They then cashed the fraudulently obtained refund checks at check cashing stores and used Western Union and ATMs to withdraw the funds.
Julien faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Greenberg commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Karadbil and Assistant Chief Greg Tortella of the Tax Division, who prosecuted the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the divisionís website.