Tampa Woman Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Fraudulent Tax Return And Identity Theft Scheme
January 10, 2014
Tampa, FL – Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Jameshia Mack (27, Tampa) to 75 months in federal prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for filing fraudulent tax returns using stolen personal identifying information. The court also sentenced Mack to an additional 14 months in federal prison, to run consecutive to the 75 month sentence, for committing these crimes while on supervised release from a previous federal sentence for aggravated identity theft in the Western District of Kentucky, for a total sentence of imprisonment of 7 years, 5 months. As part of her sentence, the court entered a money judgment in the amount of $100,135 against Mack, representing the proceeds she received from the scheme, and ordered her to pay restitution in that amount to the Internal Revenue Service.
Mack pleaded guilty on October 17, 2013. According to court documents, Mack, who is from Tampa, was on federal supervised release in 2011 after serving a prison term for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in the Western District of Kentucky. After returning to the Tampa area, she defrauded the IRS by filing false and fraudulent income tax returns in her own and other persons’ names, and directed that the returns be put onto prepaid debit cards. Mack then withdrew cash from the debit cards or spent the funds on retail purchases, a luxury automobile, and casino transactions. When the Tampa Police Department encountered Mack during a traffic stop, she had stacks of cash along with multiple credit cards and prepaid debit cards in other peoples’ names.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.