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 scheme, federal prosecutors said 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 in 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 was found there, agents said.

All three defendants will be sentenced on Jan. 22.

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