Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

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.

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