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Orlando Woman Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Federal Prison For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp has sentenced Scharlene Alisa Hudson to 7 years and 10 months in federal prison for fraudulent possession of unauthorized access devices (credit cards) and aggravated identity theft. Hudson had pleaded guilty on May 23, 2019.

According to court documents, in February 2015, law enforcement officers discovered Hudson squatting in an Orlando residence. At the time, Hudson had in her possession approximately 50 debit cards in other people’s names, a notebook, and other documents containing ledgers listing the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of numerous victims. Hudson used the personal identification information of the victims to file false tax returns and claim fraudulent tax refunds. The total loss to the government exceeded $297,000. During the sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that many of the victims were elderly.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.

Updated August 29, 2019

Elder Justice
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft