Woman Charged with Federal Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Teona N. Rodgers, 27, of Tampa, made an initial appearance yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging her with theft of government funds, use of unauthorized access devices, aggravated identity theft, and false claims. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The indictment alleges that Rodgers unlawfully used the personal identifying information and account numbers of several individuals to assist in the filing of numerous fraudulent federal income tax returns, seeking more than $100,000 in federal tax refunds. The trial is scheduled for March 20.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Emerald Coast Financial Crimes Task Force, comprised of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Gary Milligan is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.
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