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  • Tampa woman sentenced to 5½ years for tax fraud, ID theft.

    Posted on December 17th, 2012 admin No comments

    A 47-year-old Tampa woman was sentenced Wednesday to 5½ years in prison after pleading guilty in a federal tax fraud case.

    Belinda Brooks must serve 42 months for theft of government property to be followed by 24 months for aggravated identity theft, Robert E. O’Neill, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, said in a news release.

    The court also ordered Brooks to repay $118,882.63, the proceeds of her criminal activity, O’Neill said.

    According to court documents, Brooks filed a false tax return in her name, and stole the names and Social Security numbers of others, filed fraudulent tax returns in their names and obtain tax refunds for the tax years 2008 and 2009.

    She was indicted Feb. 7 on several charges, including filing a false tax return, six counts of theft of government property (tax refunds), six counts of aggravated identity theft, three counts of making false claims (fraudulent tax returns), and three counts of identity theft.

    Brooks, who was sentenced by Judge Mary S. Scriven, pleaded guilty May 25.


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