Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-173 (11-376)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 16, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Inmate Charged in Homicide Attempts Tax Fraud With His Victim's Identity

    Whitfield was charged with murder in November 2011.
    • Thursday
    • May 3, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County Jail

    Arrested:


    Jason J. Whitfield
    DOB: 9/13/1984
    Hillsborough County Inmate

    Charges:

    • Criminal Use of Personal Identification (4 Counts)

    Details:

    On May 3, 2012 deputies assigned to the Detention Security Team (DST) uncovered information that Falkenburg Road Jail inmate Jason J. Whitfield had provided the personal identification information (names, dates of birth and social security numbers) four persons including to an individual outside the jail for the purpose of filing fraudulent tax returns.

    DST deputies determined that one of the four persons was the victim that Whitfield is alleged to have murdered on October 24, 2011. Whitfield also directed the individual outside the jail with specific instructions on how to go about filing fraudulent tax returns in the victims' names - to the extent that he gave exact amounts to be entered on an IRS return. The pre-determined amounts are meant to result in an exact refund amount and to fall in line with withholdings and deductions used to calculate a return.

    It is believed that Whitfield obtained the information from inmates and other sources in the housing unit where he was assigned. DST deputies worked with detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division to fully reveal the scheme both in the jail and elsewhere in the county.

    The discovery came about as the result of increased efforts at the direction of Sheriff David Gee to cultivate intelligence and deter criminal activity in the county's 4,700 bed jail system. Specific emphasis has been placed on combating tax fraud as it spread from prisons to jails across the country.

    Previous HCSO press releases related to the homicide investigation are 11-353 and 11-376.
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