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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pasco Woman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Selathiel Frazier (29, Pasco County) to 8 years in federal prison for wire fraud. As part of her sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $4,039,238.00, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct. Frazier pleaded guilty on March 26, 2014.

According to court documents, Frazier engaged in a scheme to defraud the United States government by participating in the filing of fraudulent tax returns and spending fraudulently-obtained tax refunds. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers searched Frazier’s residence, where they recovered thousands of names and social security numbers in ledgers and on various other records. They also recovered more than $60,000 in cash, multiple cars, and other proceeds of the scheme.

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

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Updated January 26, 2015