Broward Man Pleads Guilty in Massive Identity Theft Fraud Scheme

Man who worked at North Miami law firm obtained more than 26,000 Social Security numbers for scheme: Prosecutors

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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A West Park man is facing 22 years behind bars after pleading guilty Tuesday to his role in a massive identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said.

Rodney Saintfleur, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

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Court documents show Saintfleur worked at a North Miami law firm between April 2009 and July 2012, where he had access to the Lexis/Nexis online proprietary database.

Through the database, Saintfleur accessed names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of thousands of people, and passed the info to co-conspirators to file fraudulent income tax returns and collect the refunds, prosecutors said.

Saintfleur obtained more than 26,000 Social Security numbers as part of the scheme, prosecutors said.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2013.

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