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Tampa Woman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Tax Refund Fraud

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November 19, 2013

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced Porscha Williams to four years in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $9,116.00, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

            Porscha Williams was found guilty on September 17, 2013.

            According to court documents, Williams engaged in stolen identity tax refund fraud from at least as early as March of 2011.  She was responsible for the filing of more than 30 fraudulent tax returns and refunds totaling in excess of $175,000.

            Porscha Williams’ sister, Nikia Williams, was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for her role in the scheme on June 4, 2013.  Another co-defendant, Quincy Wimberly, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2013.

            This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sara C. Sweeney and Amanda L. Riedel.

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