Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Feds: Self-proclaimed 'queen' of tax fraud indicted

TAMPA — Rashia Wilson all but dared investigators to catch her, court records show.

"I'm Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud," Wilson said May 22 on her Facebook page, according to investigators. "I'm a millionaire for the record. So if you think that indicting me will be easy, it won't. I promise you. I won't do no time, dumb b------."

Grand jurors apparently got the message and responded with a 57-count indictment charging Wilson, 27, of Wimauma and her boyfriend, Maurice Larry, 26, of Tampa with mail fraud, filing false tax returns, conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and theft of government property.

Their indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill's office Wednesday, says the pair netted $1.1 million in their scheme.

Wilson and Larry were first arrested in September. Wilson has been arrested 40 times since age 12, but has never gone to state prison.

The tax case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigations, Tampa police, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Secret Service and Postal Inspection Service.

Prosecutors said Wilson wasn't just a queen, but also bragged about being the "first lady" of tax fraud.

William R. Levesque can be reached at [email protected]

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