Four men were indicted after allegedly using stolen identification to file tax returns for fake businesses in Minnesota that claimed $6.9 million in false refunds.
Frantz Pierre, Ronnie Bussell, Christopher Torh and Junior Tervil were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Pierre was also charged with one count of money laundering.
The indictment alleges that from July 2010 to May 2011, the men filed tax refunds using stolen identification and created false W-2 forms that reported made-up earnings and tax withholdings. They allegedly filed approximately 1,066 false returns.
The men allegedly created fake businesses in Minnesota in order to receive the tax refunds, and recruited others in the state do the same. Pierre supposedly used some of the funds to purchase a residence in Parkland, Fla.
If convicted, the men could face 10 years in prison, Pierre potentially facing an additional 10 years.