ID theft suspect to plead guilty

Roderick Dewayne Neal

Roderick Dewayne Neal

Roderick Dewayne Neal

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:59 pm

Updated: 8:01 pm, Wed Jul 9, 2014.

ID theft suspect to plead guilty

A former Dothan bail bondsman is expected to plead guilty today to his role in a federal tax fraud scheme involving aggravated identity theft.

Attorney Tom Brantley, who represents 49-year-old Roderick Dewayne Neal, said his client has a change a plea hearing at 2 p.m. today where he intends to plead guilty. Neal was recently charged with a nine-count felony indictment.

“He will plead guilty to two charges instead of the nine,” Brantley said.

Federal court records show the offenses allegedly happened while Neal formerly worked as a local bail bondsman in Dothan.

As part of the indictment, the federal government charged Neal with conspiring to defraud the government with two women, Ivory Minnette Bolen and Nina McKinnie Macena, filing false federal income tax returns in the names of third parties without their knowledge or permission from January 2012 to December 2013.

Macena’s charges remain pending, and she’s scheduled for trial at the federal courthouse in Dothan next week. Bolen has already pleaded guilty, and received a 42-month prison sentence.

Rickey Stokes, the owner of A-Advantage Bonding, said Neal worked for his company for about two years before he was terminated in the later part of 2012.

Stokes also said he’s been questioned as part of the federal identity theft investigation. He said he’s received a subpoena to serve as a witness in a federal court proceeding next month involving Macena.

The indictment charged Neal with obtaining identifications belonging to other people, including their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers and then providing it to Macena, who then gave the personal information to Bolen.

According to the indictment, Bolen used the personal information to prepare and file fraudulent federal tax income returns and then directed the refunds to be deposited into the accounts for pre-paid debit cards.

Records show Bolen then directed the pre-paid debit cards to be mailed to addresses linked to both she and Macena, including Macena’s address.

Bolen pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to electronically file false federal income tax returns that fraudulently requested tax refunds from the IRS between January 2012 and June 2013. Bolen tried to defraud the IRS out of $865,404, but the IRS actually only paid out $209,243 through the false tax returns.

As part of the scheme, Bolen acquired stolen identities from several different sources, which included the Social Security Death Index and jail records.

Bolen filed the false tax returns from different locations around Dothan where Internet access was available through Wi-Fi connections.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:59 pm.

Updated: 8:01 pm.

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