So. Fla. men face prison in $100M tax fraud case

Posted at 11:10 AM, Apr 06, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Two more South Florida men are facing prison time for their roles in an estimated $100 million federal income tax fraud scheme that prosecutors are calling one of the nation's largest.

A Fort Lauderdale federal judge is scheduled Wednesday to sentence 27-year-old Harlan Decoste and 25-year-old Andy Cherrelus.

Both face a decade or more in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, identity theft and other charges. Three other men were sent to prison Tuesday.

The ring was based in a quiet suburban house in Miramar. Internal Revenue Service investigators say 10 laptop computers were used between July 2011 and May 2013 in an attempt to steal more than $108 million fraudulent refunds using stolen identities.

Authorities say Decoste created a rap label called GroundUp111 as a cover for the crimes.