15 years for tax fraud, identity theft
A Land O'Lakes man authorities said used stolen identities, including that of a dead man, to collect more than $50,000 in fraudulent tax returns, was sentenced to prison, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office said Tuesday.
Demetrius A. Lewis, 39, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. Authorities said Lewis electronically submitted fraudulent tax returns using the identities of victims in Florida and around the country.
Lewis deposited IRS and debit card company checks obtained from the fraudulent tax returns into his bank account, the Attorney General's office said. He was convicted of organized fraud, criminal use of personal identification and grand theft.