Miramar man pleads guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft – Sun

A Miramar man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of wire fraud and a count of aggravated identity theft.

Donald Claude, 34, of Miramar, faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud and a mandatory term of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to court documents, Claude had used his position as chief executive officer of JD Tax Services, LLC, to file tax returns electronically in the names of other individuals, according to the Justice Department.

Claude and his accomplice had obtained the personal identification information of students from an employee of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and used the students’ stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns with the IRS to obtain tax refunds for their personal benefit, according to the Justice Department. Claude and his co-conspirators caused more than $200,000 in fraudulent tax refund claims to be submitted to the IRS from 2009 through 2011.

Claude’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24.

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Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/miramar/fl-miramar-man-pleads-guily-to-wire-fraud-20140729,0,213449.story

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