Tampa man faces 12 years in prison on ID theft charges
TAMPA - A Tampa man faces a maximum of 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges he used stolen identities to file fraudulent income tax returns totaling more than $175,000. According to the plea agreement, officers stopping Larry Lee Northern Jr., 29, in October on a traffic stop found him in possession of illegal narcotics and various prepaid debit cards. Court documents show Northern had 32 money cards, including 15 prepaid debit cards in the names of various individuals and 17 Walmart money cards. Documents showed Northern had internal corporate documents from a local health care company that contained the personal ID information of 32 people, later identified as current or former clients of the company, and $15,700 in cash.An investigation determined that 12 of the 15 prepaid cards were credited with U.S. Treasury income tax refunds. The refunds, totaling $93,879, were obtained as a result of filing fraudulent income tax returns. Court documents show nine of the 17 Walmart cards contained a total of $65,463. In all, court documents show the 32 cards resulted in a government loss of more than $175,042. Northern awaits sentencing.