WASHINGTON – Corey Means was sentenced yesterday to 20 months in prison and Melba Wilson to eight months home detention for their involvement in a million dollar identity theft tax scheme, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
According to court documents, between October 2009 and April 2012, Antoinette Djonret and her co-conspirators used stolen identities to file over 1,000 false tax returns that fraudulently claimed over $1.7 million in tax refunds. Djonret orchestrated this scheme. She obtained stolen identities from multiple sources, including Alabama state databases. She also established an elaborate network for laundering the refund money. Djonret recruited Corey Means, Melba Wilson and others into the conspiracy. Melba Wilson and Corey Means recruited individuals to obtain prepaid debit cards and gave the cards to Djonret. Corey Means also provided addresses to Djonret for the purpose of receiving prepaid debit cards. The fraudulent tax refunds obtained by the conspiracy were directed to these prepaid debit cards and Djonret and her co-conspirators would then use the cards to obtain the proceeds. Djonret was previously sentenced to 144 months in prison for her role in this scheme and for other criminal conduct.
Assistant Attorney General Keneally commended the efforts of Special Agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Jason H. Poole and Michael Boteler, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown, who prosecuted the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax.