Miami Man Pleads Guilty to $700,000 Online Identity Theft and Social Security Fraud Scheme

Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida:

Thervil Alcinor, 34, of Miami, pled guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, announced Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Thomas Caul, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Donnell Young, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office.  

According to court documents, from January 2013 through May 2014, Alcinor was involved in the use of personal identifying information (names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers belonging to real people) to file fraudulent applications for Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits (RIB) and Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB), and to file fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS claiming false refunds.

Court documents state that Alcinor was involved in establishing online accounts on the Social Security Administration website, MySSA.gov, for already-existing RIB or DIB beneficiaries to redirect RIB and DIB payments to accounts (often prepaid debit card accounts) controlled by him. Law enforcement identified 945 fraudulently established MySSA accounts, all with similarly concocted fraudulent email addresses. The fraudulent claims resulted in $700,462 in fraudulent RIB and DIB payments.

According to court documents, Alcinor was also involved in the filing of fraudulent tax returns claiming refunds from the IRS which he directed into accounts (often prepaid debit card accounts) controlled by him. Specifically from April 2012 through September 2013, 54 fraudulent income tax refunds, totaling $174,862, were identified by H&R Block records as having been deposited into accounts associated with Alcinor. An additional 14 fraudulent tax refunds, totaling $31,137, were connected to the scheme by IRS.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of SSA-OIG, IRS-CI and FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Maderal.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. At sentencing, Alcinor faces up to 10 years in prison for the access device charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for the aggravated identity theft charge.