Parkland man convicted in $2.2M tax fraud scheme, feds say

A Parkland man is among three South Floridians convicted in a $2.2 million identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

A federal jury convicted Frantz Pierre, 33, and two others, Terry Pierre, 29, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 33, both of Miami, on 12 counts including conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government and aggravated identity theft.

Pierre and the others used identities stolen from prisoners to seek $2.2 million of illegal refunds from the Internal Revenue Service, which ultimately paid $1.9 million fraudulent claims, government attorneys said.

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During a July 2012 raid at Frantz Pierre’s Parkland home, agents saw someone tossing laptops from the second floor toward a pool below, authorities said. A portable computer drive with the identities, Social Security numbers and IRS information of more than 2,000 people were found there, agents said.

All three defendants will be sentenced on January 22.

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