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Jacksonville man charged in $1.3M tax fraud

Carmel Linot allegedly used website to obtain juveniles' information

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was charged Thursday in connection with a $1.3 million tax fraud case.

Officials said Carmel Linot conspired with others in January 2011 and June 2012 to find out the names and social security numbers of juveniles and used that information to file fraudulent tax returns. Linot was allegedly involved in 1,800 false and fraudulent federal income tax returns, resulting in $1.3 million in refunds being paid out.

Linot used a website in Palm Beach County to identify the victims' information.

Linot is charged with conspiracy, four counts of theft of government funds and four counts of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Linot faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge, 10 years for each theft of government funds charge and two years for each identity theft charge.

He is also charged in four individual counts of theft of government property. Officials allege that Internal Revenue Service tax refunds were electronically deposited into his bank account in June 2012.