Man charged with tax fraud and identity theft

Man charged with tax fraud and identity theft

A 30-year-old Fort Lauderdale man was indicted on federal tax fraud charges and accused of using identity theft to get income tax refunds, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced Tuesday.

Lee Ervin Dale is facing 14 counts for filing false income tax returns with the IRS, using stolen identities, and getting government income tax refunds, according to the indictment.

Dale cashed 11 government checks in 2008 and 2009, made out to different identity theft victims. The checks totaled $91,167, the indictment alleged.

If convicted, Dale faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison on each count of theft of government funds, up to 5 years on each count of filing a false claim to the government, and two years each on the aggravated identity theft charges, prosecutors said.

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