Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

IRS loss to fraud's 'first lady' may have hit $20 million

TAMPA — Rashia Wilson may have duped the IRS out of as much as $20 million before her arrest on stolen identity refund fraud charges.

That's according to a court document, filed in advance of her sentencing today, that estimates the government's loss at $7 million to $20 million.

"She used this money for nothing more than personal greed and glorification, including jewelry, automobiles, parties and travel," Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney wrote in a memo.

Wilson, the self-described first lady of tax fraud, apologized in a letter to the court. She admitted to "extremely poor decisions."

She threw a $30,000 birthday party for her 1-year-old daughter and bought a $90,000 Audi while unemployed and living on public assistance, Sweeney wrote.

The tone of Wilson's letter was mostly apologetic but she took a jab at the government for targeting people like her instead of government workers who disclose personal information and share in fraudulent refunds.

Also filed was a letter to the judge from Wilson's daughter, Jesseyana, 12, who asked to have her mother back in time for high school graduation. "If you don't approve this, can you please tell her I love her and things are gonna be okay," she wrote.

Wilson has signed a plea agreement admitting two counts relating to tax fraud, punishable by up to 22 years. She will also be sentenced on a separate charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, punishable by up to 10 years. Sentencing is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Co-defendant Maurice Larry has sentencings scheduled for two tax fraud cases: Aug. 6 and Sept. 23. In the second case, his co-defendant is Marterrence "Quat" Holloway.

Holloway signed a plea agreement last week admitting to three counts: conspiracy to defraud the United States, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. He is expected to formalize the plea at a hearing next week.

IRS loss to fraud's 'first lady' may have hit $20 million 07/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:35am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, acitvate Alex Cobb

    Blogs

    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  2. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  3. Six home runs doom Rays in loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — A curve that didn't bounce was the difference Wednesday as the Rays lost 7-6 to the Blue Jays in front of 8,264, the smallest Tropicana field crowd since Sept. 5, 2006.

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) greets center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) at the plate after his two run home run in the third inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  4. Jones: Stop talking and start building a new Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was good to see Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, talking Rays baseball and the hope for a new stadium somewhere in Tampa Bay.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred is popular with the media on a visit to Tropicana Field.
  5. Ousted to political Siberia by Corcoran, Kathleen Peters sets sights on Pinellas Commission

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The perks of power in Tallahassee are a coveted chairmanship, a Capitol office in a prime location and a prominent seat on the House floor. Now Rep. Kathleen Peters has lost all three, but here's the twist: Her trip to "Siberia" might actually help her reach the next step on the Tampa Bay political …

    Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, has been relegated to the back row in the State House chamber, moved to a fouth floor office and stripped of her job as chairwoman of a House subcommittee after a series of disagreements with House Speaker Richard Corcoran. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]