Delco man convicted of federal fraud charges

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts for a Delaware County man accused of tax fraud on Thursday, March 31, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jean Baptiste Alvarez, aka “Alex,” 43, of Aldan, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. with respect to false claims, aggravated identity theft, and misuse of Social Security numbers, the release said.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 26. Alvarez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least two years in prison with a maximum possible sentence of 24 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a possible fine, and a $500 special assessment.

According to evidence presented at trial, Alvarez unlawfully provided to Peterson Rene, charged elsewhere, the personal identifying information of hundreds of real persons. Specifically, Alvarez sold Rene patient information labeled “census sheets” that were created by, and kept in the normal course of business, at the Kirkbride Center health care facility where the defendant worked.

These “census sheets” included names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth for patients.  From 2012 through 2015, Alvarez and Rene conspired with others to use the stolen identifying information on tax returns for the purpose of obtaining payment of false, fictitious, and fraudulent refunds, the release said.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

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