Tulsa Woman Sentenced to 47 Months For Role in Income Tax Fraud Scheme
TULSA, Okla.—A Tulsa woman was sentenced today to serve 47 months in prison and pay restitution in the amount of $88,194.23 to the Internal Revenue Service for her role in a scheme to file and obtain refunds from at least 49 false income tax returns, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma and Special Agent in Charge Damon Rowe of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation’s Dallas field office.
Tameka Denise Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty on May 20, 2015, to the federal charge of false claim against the government. Her co-conspirator Sidney Brook Mayfield, 30, of San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced to six months and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $47,408.91 to the Internal Revenue Service on November 9, 2015. United States District Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell presided over both sentencings.
According to court records, during 2011 and 2012, Johnson and Mayfield obtained personal identification information such as names, dates of birth, addresses, and Social Security numbers from various persons, and used that information to create and file fraudulent income tax returns for the years 2010 and 2011. As part of the scheme Mayfield’s role was primarily to gather the personal information, and Johnson made and electronically filed the tax returns using the stolen information.
The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin C. Leitch and Clemon Ashley prosecuted the case.