TAMPA -- A Bradenton man was indicted for stolen identity fraud crimes that took place between October 2011 and March 2012, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.
In a release issued Thursday, United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced the indictment charging Ledale Johnson with three counts of credit card fraud, two counts of filing false tax returns and three counts of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison for each count of credit card fraud, up to five years for each of the false tax filing counts, and a consecutive two-year term for the aggravated identity theft counts.
According to a release, the indictment also notifies Johnson that the U.S. is seeking a money judgment of $48,416, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct. He already had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli and was detained.
On several occasions between October 2011 and March 2012, the indictment states Johnson possessed and used unauthorized and counterfeit debit cards that had been loaded with fraudulently obtained tax refunds.
"Those refunds were the result of tax returns that had been filed using stolen identities," the release states. "Johnson also filed a fraudulent tax return in his name and the name of another individual."
This case was investigated by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the Bradenton Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service -- Criminal Investigation.