Man pleads guilty to tax refund fraud, identity theft, weapons charges – Sun

A West Park man pleaded guilty on Friday to identity theft and seeking a fraudulent tax refund among other federal charges, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced Monday.

David Joseph, 27, was convicted of filing false claims with the IRS, fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, prosecutors said.

On April 25, agents searched a West Park home where Joseph had stayed and found notebooks, medical printouts, IRS documents, prepaid debit cards, bank statements and other paperwork that contained thousands of names with corresponding Social Security numbers and dates of birth, investigators said.

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A loaded semiautomatic MasterPiece Arms 9 mm pistol with extra ammunition also was discovered. Agents determined it belonged to Joseph, court records stated.

Joseph faces a maximum of five years in prison for the fraudulent tax refund count, two years for the identity theft, and up to 10 years each for the fraud and weapon possession when sentenced Oct. 4, prosecutors said.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ftl-tax-fraud-guilty-plea-20130729,0,6525759.story

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