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Jackson Woman Sentenced For Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss – Shekeila Jones, 29, of Jackson, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the government in the amount of $55,660.

Jones pled guilty on June 12, 2013 to conspiring with others to illegally obtain the names and social security numbers of others which they then used to file fraudulent federal tax returns for the purpose of obtaining fraudulent refunds. The refunds were then electronically deposited into various bank accounts in Mississippi belonging to Jones and her co-conspirators.

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. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Lemon.

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Updated January 7, 2015