Man gets 13 years for tax refund fraud

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.

MIAMI — A South Florida man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison for stealing more than 23,000 identities in a tax refund fraud scheme.

The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that 28-year-old Rodney Saintfleur was sentenced Friday to 159 months. He pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Saintfleur obtained documents that listed tens of thousands of names and birthdates. He then searched an online proprietary database in 2010 and 2011 to find the victims' Social Security numbers. Co-conspirators used that information to file fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds.

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