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Riverview woman charged with tax fraud gives up luxury car, pink handgun

TAMPA — Authorities confiscated a pink handgun, a 2010 Buick LaCrosse and more than $30,000 in cash from a woman who pleaded guilty to tax fraud, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court this week.

Arswaya Ralph had her Riverview house searched by federal agents in June 2011, and admitted she filed tax returns using stolen identities to get fraudulent refunds from the IRS.

She was charged with making a false claim against the government and identity theft. In her plea agreement, she agreed to forfeit the Lacrosse, $31,407 in cash, 42 debit cards, various Gucci items including gift cards, two TVs, several computers, jewelry, a Sony video camera, a Betsey Johnson handbag and a pink Kahr Arms P380 handgun.

Prosecutors estimate Ralph filed at least 65 fraudulent returns and raked in $467,781.

Upon sentencing, she could receive up to 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Riverview woman charged with tax fraud gives up luxury car, pink handgun 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 5:34pm]
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