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Second Tampa sister charged in IRS tax fraud scheme

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TAMPA — Federal agents Thursday plucked a second tax refund fraud suspect from the same family, sending Porscha S. Williams of Tampa on a path already known to her sister.

A grand jury indicted Williams, 30, and Quincy Wimberly, 29, on charges that they conspired with Nikia Williams, 29, and others to defraud the IRS of at least $252,491.

Nikia Williams, indicted in September, has pleaded guilty to two counts including aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year minimum mandatory sentence. Her sentencing is May 28.

Court records show that federal agents arrested Porscha Williams on Thursday. However, Wimberly, also known as Quincy Bullock, was still at large. The two face charges of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and theft of government property.

A 2011 Tampa police report states that the Williams sisters and Porscha Williams' boyfriend were caught on surveillance camera using Bancorp cards in other people's names. It doesn't identify the boyfriend.

In the first four months of this year, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa has filed stolen identity refund fraud charges against 27 people, already exceeding last year's total of 21.

A Plant City woman, Rhonda Yvette Brooks, drew a 3 1/2-year prison sentence Thursday for tax fraud that may have netted her just $23,096.

Staff writer Patty Ryan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3382.

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