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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Jackson Woman Pleads Guilty To Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Jackson, Miss – Nikki Thomas, of Jackson, pled guilty on May 28, 2013 to conspiring to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, Resident Agent in Charge Allen Bryant of the U.S. Secret Service, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Damon Rowe of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Thomas admitted to conspiring to defraud the government by using personal identifying information, including names and social security numbers which had been stolen from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility located in Rankin County, and from other locations. The information was then used by Thomas and her co-conspirators to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. The tax returns claimed that the tax payers were owed a refund. The refunds were then electronically deposited into various bank accounts in Mississippi belonging to Thomas and her co-conspirators.

Thomas will be sentenced on August 8, 2013 and faces a total maximum penalty of twelve years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Lemon is prosecuting the case.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at:

(866) 720-5721

You can also fax information to:

(225) 334-4707

or e-mail it to:

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