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Monday, August 22, 2016

Three Defendants Plead Guilty In Identity Theft Tax Fraud Schemes

U.S. Attorney's Office

San Juan

Press Release

Defendants Gabriel Aquino-Camilo and Pedro J. Esteves-Rosa and
defendant Samer Suboh-Kased plead guilty before United States Dis-
trict Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez to twenty counts, ten counts, and
five counts, respectively, of theft of government property, announced
Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District
of Puerto Rico.

From December 2011 through May 2012, Aquino-Camilo gave Este-
ves-Rosa twenty (20) U.S. treasury checks totaling $138,912.43 that
were fraudulently obtained by filing false tax returns with the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) using stolen identities of residents of Puerto Ri-
co. Esteves-Rosa successfully deposited the checks into two business
bank accounts that he controlled. The treasury checks were endorsed
with the victims’ signatures, but each victim denied filing the tax return
and endorsing the check.

From September through October 2012, defendant Suboh-Kased also
received treasury checks that were fraudulently obtained by filing frau-
dulent tax returns with the IRS. He deposited these checks into his busi-
ness bank accounts, without the authorization of the individuals whose
names were on the checks, and then Suboh-Kased withdrew the money
in cash. Suboh-Kased received a percentage for each check he deposited
and another individual kept the remaining amount.

The cases were investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal
Investigation (IRS-CI) and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attor-
ney Nicholas W. Cannon. Esteves-Rosa and Suboh-Kased are scheduled
to be sentenced on November 29, 2016. Aquino-Camilo is scheduled to
be sentenced on December 15, 2016.

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