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For Immediate Release

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Laura McElroy, Tampa Police Spokesperson
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13 Warrants Issued in Tax Fraud Investigation
 
Tampa, FL September 19, 2012 -

The Tampa Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service, Office of the State Attorney 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as part of an ongoing initiative to combat tax fraud, conducted a joint investigation targeting the pioneers of this crime. This initiative is part of a new strategy to combat tax fraud and identity theft. These agencies have formed a new Tampa Area Alliance that improves information sharing to more effectively investigate and prosecute these crimes.

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$23,089 and public assistance cards seized from Algernon Belin's rented car

During today’s joint initiative, law enforcement arrested 13 suspects who were all involved in tax fraud. Since 2010, the Tampa Police Department has been investigating and gathering evidence on the suspects. These suspects are the key figures in the tax fraud and identity theft epidemic in Tampa. In addition to designing the schemes, they have recruited and trained others to commit tax fraud and identity theft.

STATE CHARGES:
SUSPECT 1: Rashia Wilson, 10/29/1985, B/F, 10917 Dunscore Cottage Way, Wimauma
CHARGES: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Additional Charges Pending

SUSPECT 2: (Warrant issued) Calvin Leon Toombs, 07/11/1969, B/M, 3007 East 38th Avenue, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x5, Identity Theft x5, Grand Theft

SUSPECT 3: (Warrant issued) Mar’shannon Dorsey, 2/21/1992, B/F, 3405 East Giddens Aveune East, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Grand Theft, Identity Theft

SUSPECT 4: (Warrant issued) Darious Wingfield, 3/15/1992, B/F, 3517 North 26th Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x2, Grand Theft, Identity Theft x2

SUSPECT 5: (Warrant issued) Ronald Mills, 12/7/1992, B/M, 1705 East Chelsea Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Identity Theft x2, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x2, Grand Theft

SUSPECT 6: (Warrant issued) Ellis Everett, 7/09/1985, B/M, 2627 East 38th Avenue, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x2, Grand Theft, Identity Theft x2

SUSPECT 7: Algernon Belin, 3/10/1986, B/M, 8308 North Marks Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x2, Scheming to Defraud, Identity Theft x2
Photo of seized $23,089 and public assistance cards

SUSPECT 8: Christopher Rimmer, 8/26/1986, B/M, 3705 East McBerry Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Fraudulent Use of Credit Card x5, Scheming to Defraud, Identity Theft x5

SUSPECT 9: (Warrant issued) Bill Watkins, 3/18/1988, B/M, 2312 North Whittier Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

SUSPECT 10: (Warrant issued) Christina Humphrey, 4/29/1975, B/F, 3511 East 24th Avenue, Tampa
CHARGES: Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Scheming to Defraud

SUSPECT 11: (Warrant issued) Johann Best, 6/3/1971, B/M, 5205 North 17th Street, Tampa
CHARGES: Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Scheming to Defraud

SUSPECT 12: Christopher Johnson, 1/13/1977, B/M, 1563 Blue Magnolia Road, Brandon
CHARGES: Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Grand Theft

SUSPECT 13: Curtis Williams, 1/20/1980, B/M, 19101 Dove Creek Drive, Tampa
CHARGES: Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Grand Theft

In addition to the thirteen suspects arrested on state charges, two individuals were arrested today on federal wire fraud and identity theft charges. In a thirty- nine count federal indictment unsealed today, Tampa residents Maurice Larry and Marterrance Holloway are charged with conspiring to defraud the United States, commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud.

"The Federal Grand Jury indictment and subsequent arrest of Marterrence Q. Holloway and Maurice J. Larry today demonstrates the cooperation between local and federal agencies to combat identity theft related tax fraud in the Tampa Bay area. This investigation is the result of teamwork within the Tampa Area Alliance, which includes dedicated agents and investigators of the IRS – Criminal Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Unites States Secret Service,” said IRS Special Agent in Charge Jim Robnett. “While this stage of investigation is drawing to an end, we recognize that proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt remains, and are thankful for the Unites States Attorney’s Office dedication in prosecuting these cases. Identity theft has the greatest effect on the most vulnerable among us, such as the elderly and deceased victims and their family. The Tampa Field Office of the IRS – Criminal Investigation will continue to dedicate the crucial resources to facilitate these joint investigations and subsequent prosecutions."


“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our federal, state, and local partners in strengthening our response to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill. “We look forward to participating in the Tampa Alliance and taking advantage of the new streamlining authority to federally prosecute SIRF cases. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in seeking the most effective way to combat this conduct.”


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