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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sanford Woman Sentenced To Five Years For Stealing Tax Refunds And Personal Identity Information

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Virginia Miller to five years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to steal federal tax refunds and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $493,697, the proceeds of her criminal conduct. Miller pleaded guilty on July 12, 2016.

According to court documents, Virginia Miller and her daughter, Derma Miller, conspired to file false federal income tax returns using stolen personal identifiable information (PII), much of which belonged to individuals who were physically and mentally disabled, to obtain tax refunds from the Treasury Department. Virginia Miller prepared and filed the fraudulent returns using the stolen PII. She then directed the Internal Revenue Service to electronically deposit the fraudulent refunds into a bank account that Derma Miller controlled. The women withdrew the tax refunds funds in cash and made purchases for their own benefit and the benefit of others. During a two-year period, the Millers filed approximately 226 fraudulent tax returns and obtained $493,697 in fraudulent tax refunds from the Treasury Department.

On July 21, 2016, a federal jury found Derma Miller guilty for her role in this case. Her sentencing is scheduled for October 19, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Karen L. Gable and Nathan W. Hill.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
StopFraud
Tax
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Updated October 4, 2016