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September 21, 2011

Memphis, Tenn–Nakita J. Brooks, 28, of Memphis, Tennessee, has pled guilty to one count of
conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of identity theft, announced Edward L. Stanton,
III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Brooks, who pled guilty before
United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla, will be sentenced on December 19, 2011.

Brooks and a co-conspirator, Rhonda T. Mayweather, were indicted on October 21, 2010. Brooks was
charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, six counts of filing false claims
against the government, and six counts of identity theft. Mayweather was charged with one count of
conspiracy to defraud the United States, six counts of filing false claims against the government, six
counts of identity theft, two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of smuggling goods into the
United States and one count of mail fraud.

According to the indictment, Brooks and Mayweather devised a scheme to obtain payment of
fraudulent refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by filing false 2005, 2006, and 2007
federal income tax returns in the names of individuals whose identities they had stolen. The false
returns claimed refunds that were deposited into bank accounts controlled by Brooks and Mayweather.

Brooks admitted during the hearing that they obtained names, social security numbers and other
identifying information of various individuals, both alive and deceased, from the Social Security Death
Index and from an underground website. They then prepared fictitious Forms W-2, claiming false
wages and withholding amounts, and used these forms to file income tax returns with the IRS using
online tax software, claiming tax refunds that the individuals named on the returns were not entitled to
receive. The refunds were either directly deposited into the bank accounts Brooks and Mayweather set
up, electronically deposited through a third party bank as a Refund Anticipation Loan, or deposited
onto a re-loadable debit card.

This investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, and the Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Fabian represented the

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