Fort Myers, FL - A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Frederick R. Green (33, Naples) with making false claims against the government, fraudulently using access devices, aggravated identity theft, fraudulently using fifteen or more access devices, and stealing government property. If convicted, Green faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each of the five false claim charges. He faces up to ten years in federal prison for each of the charges of fraudulently using access devises, as well as the theft of government property charge. For the aggravated identity theft charge, Green faces a mandatory penalty of two years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Green that the United States intends to forfeit a Volvo and a Dodge Charger, which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses.
According to the indictment, from January 20, 2012 through July 12, 2012, Green knowingly prepared and filed five false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service seeking tax refunds. He also possessed fifteen or more unauthorized access devices. Green allegedly used one of the unauthorized access devices, a debit card, to obtain more than $1,000. Green allegedly obtained the debit card by unlawfully using the identification of another person.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.