Tampa Woman Sentenced To More Than 5 Years For Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Nikia Williams yesterday to five and six months in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the court also ordered Williams to forfeit jewelry valued at more than $110,000, traceable to proceeds of the offenses. Williams also consented to forfeit a 2007 Mercedes Benz, which she purchased using $30,000 in cash. Williams pleaded guilty on February 27, 2013.
According to court documents, Williams engaged in stolen identity tax refund fraud from at least as early as January of 2011. In excess of 150 fraudulent tax returns were electronically filed from her residence during this period. Williams was linked to additional tax returns based on her use of debit cards containing fraudulently obtained tax refunds.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sara C. Sweeney and Amanda L. Riedel.