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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 23, 2016

Tampa Area Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison For Theft Of Tax Refund Checks

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovakevich today sentenced Tiana Lise to 28 months in federal prison for theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. The Court also entered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $8,000, representing the proceeds of the offense. 

Lise pleaded guilty on March 2, 2016.

According to court documents, a confidential informant engaged in two undercover transactions with Lise, in which Lise sold the confidential informant stolen tax refund checks totaling over $50,000. In some cases, these checks were fraudulently endorsed and were transferred with social security numbers so that they could be easily cashed. The checks originated from three victims, none of whom gave Lise or any other person authority to take or cash their tax refund checks.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel K. Jones.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
StopFraud
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Updated September 26, 2016