Former Radio Shack Customer Service Representative Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison For Stealing Customers’ Identifying Information to File False Income Tax Returns to Claim Refunds
FORT WORTH, Texas — Youlanda Rochelle Wright was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 78 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $166,384 in restitution, following her guilty plea in December 2011 to an Information charging one count of false claims against the U.S. and one count of identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Wright has been in federal custody since earlier this month when U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton issued an order revoking her bond for violating conditions of her pretrial release.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, Wright worked for Radio Shack Corporation as a Customer Service Representative in its call center. In that role, she often received customers’ personal identifying information, including social security numbers. Wright admits using that information to file U.S. income tax returns in their names to claim refunds. Radio Shack terminated her employment in February 2007 for unauthorized use of customer information.
Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation was in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Gulde prosecuted.
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