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Miami Man Gets 94 Months for Identity Theft Tax Fraud

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Charlton Escarmant, 29, of Miami, Fla., was recently sentenced to 94 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in an identity theft tax refund fraud scheme.

According to trial testimony, Escarmant and co-defendant Arthy Icart used more than 3,200 people's personal information stolen from Tallahassee Community College's financial aid office to file fraudulent tax returns.

In the course of the scheme, Escarmant and Icart submitted approximately 400 fraudulent tax returns seeking more than $3.3 million in refunds.

Escarmant was convicted on March 19, 2013 of one count of conspiracy to submit false claims to the IRS, one count of access device fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Icart was sentenced on April 5, 2013 to 70 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,387,774.

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