Recently it was announced by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and Special Agent in Charge of the IRS, Criminal Investigation Jarod J. Koopman that Antonio Lundy had pleaded guilty to involvement in a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Lundy, who is 43 years old, pleaded guilty to access device fraud after working with others to prepare and file false income tax returns with the IRS.
In essence, Lundy committed identity theft as he worked to gather the personal identification information and addresses of other individuals and supplying this information to others participating in the scheme who would then prepare and file fraudulent income tax returns. According to the announcement, this scheme began in September of 2011 and continued through April of the next year. In all, there were about 180 fraudulent returns filed which resulted in refunds totaling $1.7 million. The IRS paid out the refunds, which were then loaded onto Turbo Tax Visa debit cards, then picked up by Lundy at the addresses he had provided to others who participated in the scheme. Those whose names were on the cards were not aware that they were the victims of identity theft.
Lundy withdrew cash using the debit cards at several ATM machines in the Detroit area, withdrawing cash in the amount of $251,990. His sentencing is scheduled for April of next year. He will face potential fines of $250,000 and a maximum of ten years in prison; in addition, Lundy will pay restitution of the $251,990 withdrawn at ATMs to the IRS.
IRS-Criminal Investigation special agents investigated the case.
Identity theft and defrauding the IRS are very serious crimes that will leave those convicted facing harsh criminal penalties. Although these types of offenses are white collar crimes and typically involve no violence, they are prosecuted vigorously as lawmakers attempt to crack down on identity theft and fraud schemes that hurt innocent individuals.
Anyone who is under investigation for fraud, embezzling, money laundering, or any white collar crime or who has been arrested must work with a skilled and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to obtaining good results and protecting your freedom.