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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/24/2012 

 Two Winter Haven Men Wanted for Tax Fraud; Four Others Arrested this Week 


Sheriff’s Detectives Continue Tax Fraud Arrests

Two Winter Haven Men Wanted for Tax Fraud; Four Others Arrested this Week

22-year-old Irvin Jeremiah Robinson, (DOB 5.12.90) last known address of 15 Coleman Road, Winter Haven, is wanted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives for multiple counts of tax fraud.  Charges listed on the Warrant for his arrest are:  Impersonation/use of an ID of another person without consent over 30 victims (1 count, F-1), Impersonation/use/possession of an ID of another person without their consent (153 counts, F-3), Swindle/obtain property of $50,000 or more (1 count, F-1), Theft (between $20,000-$100,000) (1 count, F-2), Aggravated white collar crime (1 count, F-1).

25-year-old Freddie Lee Powell, III, (DOB 12.24.86) last known address of 2404 Avenue C NW, Winter Haven, is wanted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives for several criminal counts related to Tax Fraud.  Charges listed on the Warrant for his arrest are: Criminal use of personal ID in excess of $5,000 (2 counts, F-2), Swindle/fraudulently obtain property under $20,000 (1 count, F-3), and Grand theft ($5,000-$10,000)(1 count, F-3).

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these two me is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOCATION OF THESE MEN WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-226-TIPS or LOG ONTO www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!

“There seems to be no end to these criminals who steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns.  Since our initial ‘Stop the Drop’ investigation earlier this year, we continue to work with IRS investigators and local banks to investigate and arrest these thieves.  We urge everyone to guard your personal identification closely—crooks are actively looking to steal your identity and then defraud the taxpayers.”  --Grady Judd, Sheriff

Detectives began investigating Irvin Robinson in February of this year when the Lake Alfred Police Department developed information that he was in possession of numerous prepaid debit cards and had files that contained numerous victims’ personal information.  Sheriff’s detectives served search warrants at Robinson’s residence (then on Country Place SW, Winter Haven) and discovered personal information of 187 different people and 56 debit cards in different names (victims).  Further investigation led to direct evidence that Robinson received thousands of dollars from the IRS, including deposits made into 15 accounts that totaled (at least) $69,350.42.  Detectives discovered a total of $85,395.42 was credited into an account under the name of Irvin Robinson.  All debit card addresses were linked to Robinson and his girlfriend Ambia Turner (DOB 04.19.91), of 3937 Country Place Apt. A, Winter Haven, FL.  Robinson and Ambia Turner worked together to commit tax fraud.

Detectives located and arrested Ambia Turner on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, and charged her with the same charges pending against Robinson:  Impersonation/use of an ID of another person without consent over 30 victims (1 count, F-1), Impersonation/use/possession of an ID of another person without their consent (153 counts, F-3), Swindle/obtain property of $50,000 or more (1 count, F-1), Theft (between $20,000-$100,000) (1 count, F-2), Aggravated white collar crime (1 count, F-1).  She is still being held in the Polk County Jail.

Charges against Powell relate to his theft of two identities from two elderly female victims.  He filed fraudulent tax returns under their name and had them direct deposited into a bank account he set up using his own name.  The IRS credited two deposits by electronic transfer into Powell’s back account under two different female names in the amounts of $9,788.60 and $7,157.37.  The two women were contacted:  one was disabled and had not filed taxes in several years, and one had not filed taxes since the 1970s. 

Three others have already been arrested this week on tax fraud related charges:

Latandra T. Ellington (DOB 6.9.78) of 380 Ave. B, Waverly.  She was arrested on 8.21.12 and charged with: Swindle/obtain property of $20,000-$50,000 or more (1 count, F-2), Grand Theft ($5,000-$10,000)(4 counts, F-2), and Criminal use of personal identification (4 counts, F-2).  Ellington had 4 different deposits made to bank accounts she controlled from the IRS in the name of four different victims.  She then spent, withdrew, or transferred these funds for her own use and benefit.  Two additional scheduled deposits (of two different other victims) were discovered and reversed before Ellington could access the money.  The IRS was defrauded a total of $34,434.04 (not counting the two returned deposits).  Ellington bonded out of the Polk County Jail on August 22nd

Lorita Turner (DOB 11.13.81) of 2401 2nd Street, Apt. 24, Winter Haven was arrested on 8.21.12 and charged with:  Impersonation/use of an ID of another person without consent (1 count, F-3), Swindle/obtain property of under $20,000 (1 count, F-3), Illegal use of credit cards (1 count, F-3), and Theft ($300-$5,000) (1 count, F-3).  Lorita Turner filed a fraudulent tax return under someone else’s name and received a Turbo Tax debit card in the amount of $4,000 (from funds deposited by the IRS/U.S. Treasury).  The investigation into Lorita Turner resulted from information learned from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s “Stop the Drop” investigation which resulted in 19 arrests earlier this year (released May 8, 2012).  Turner bonded out of the Polk County Jail on August 22nd.

Krystal Shanice Cason (DOB 2.29.88) of 3768 Prescott Loop, Lakeland was arrested on August 21, 2012 (bonded out the same day) on the following charges:  Scheme to defraud a financial institution (1 count, F-2), Impersonation/use of an ID of another person without consent (3 counts, F-3), Theft ($300-$5,000) (3 counts, F-3), and Passing a forged instrument (3 counts, F-3).  In February and March, Cason cashed three IRS refund checks in other people’s names in the following amounts:  $4,846.57, $4,539.72, and $4,979.00 (total:  $14,365.29).  The investigation into Cason resulted from information learned from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s “Stop the Drop” investigation which resulted in 19 arrests earlier this year (released May 8, 2012).