Tampa Woman Indicted For Aggravated Identity Theft And Tax Refund Fraud
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Remesa Buemer (23, Tampa) with wire fraud, filing false tax returns, theft of government property, and aggravated identity theft. If convicted on all counts, Buemer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each wire fraud count, 5 years imprisonment for each charge of filing false returns, and 10 years in prison for each count of theft of government property. She also faces up to 2 years in prison for each of the aggravated identity theft charges. The indictment also notifies Buemer that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $159,265.60, which are the alleged proceeds of the offenses.
According to the indictment, from at least as early as January 21, 2011 through at least September 15, 2011, Buemer engaged in a scheme to file false tax returns in order to obtain fraudulent refunds. She used the identities of other individuals, without their permission, and provided false information on tax returns that generated the fraudulent refunds. As a result of the scheme, Buemer received at least $159,265.60 from the federal government, to which she was not entitled.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.