Elmore chase leads to identity theft conviction

Deundra Milhouse, who led Elmore County law enforcement members on a chase in October, has been sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison for charges connected to stolen identity and fraud.

From the spring of 2011 through late 2013, Millhouse stole more than 250 identities and used them to attempt to defraud the Internal Revenue Service of more than $400,000.

He collected more than $80,000 using fake tax returns claiming refunds in the names of the stolen identities, putting the refunds first in bank accounts he’d set up and then prepaid debit cards.

Much of the evidence leading to Milhouse’s conviction was found Oct. 8, 2013, after Elmore County law enforcement officials tried to pull Milhouse’s car over. Milhouse, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm, which is illegal. He fled on foot, throwing away the handgun he’d been carrying.

But numerous prepaid debit cards and documents with personal identifying information were found in the car he abandoned.

A later search of his house uncovered many more documents with the personal identifying information of victims, as well as over 200 prepaid debit cards, a computer used to file tax returns and a magazine and ammunition for the discarded handgun, Milhouse said in his confession.

He was indicted in December 2013 and has been detained since his arrest in late January 2014.

Milhouse admitted in his plea agreement that he was driving the car that he fled and threw away the handgun.

Before the sentencing he had pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

As part of his plea, Milhouse stipulated that his conduct involved an attempted fraud loss of more than $400,000, more than 250 victims, and that he had a least one felony conviction for a crime of violence prior to his possession of the handgun.

The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and special agents of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation compiled the evidence in the case. Trial Attorneys Jason Poole and Michael Boteler of the Department’s Tax Division prosecuted it.

Article source: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2014/07/08/elmore-chase-leads-identity-theft-conviction/12384351/

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