Being accused of having been involved in a fraud scheme can be a very serious matter. A person can face major criminal charges if he or she is accused of having been involved in such a scheme. This can be seen in a fraud case that has recently arisen in Florida.

The case involves an 18-year-old man from Pembroke Pines and a 28-year-old man from North Miami. The two have been accused of having been involved in a tax refund fraud scheme.

Authorities allege that the 18-year-old man took personal information that he had access to when he volunteered at an office in Pembroke Pines and sold this information to the 28-year-old man. According to authorities, the 28-year-old man then filed false tax returns through an online tax program using this personal information. Allegedly, the 28-year-old man received fraudulent tax refunds as a result of these alleged false filings.

According to the Sun Sentinel article which reported this story, criminal charges have been brought against the two men in connection to these allegations. Specifically, the 18-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to submit false income tax claims and the 28-year-old man has been charged with aggravated identity theft, theft of public money and conspiracy to submit false income tax claims.

Reportedly, the two men could receive substantial prison sentences if they are convicted of the charges that have been brought against them.

As this case illustrates, being accused of having been involved in a fraud scheme can lead to an individual facing major criminal charges and serious potential punishments. Thus, if a person is facing accusations of having been involved in a fraud scheme, he or she may wish to consider seeking advice from a qualified criminal defense attorney.

Source: The Sun Sentinel, "Two charged with tax refund fraud," Wayne K. Roustan, Feb. 13, 2012