TAMPA — A Tampa woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft charges, the latest in a string of such cases locally.
Remesa Buemer, 23, faces up to 22 years in prison and three years of supervised release. She also must forfeit more than $159,000 gained from her scheme, according to a plea agreement.
Buemer, of 3512 E 29th Ave., pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Tampa.
Buemer admitted filing tax returns in the names of people who did not give her permission and receiving fraudulent tax refunds on prepaid debit cards, the plea agreement said.
The scheme was uncovered on Sept. 15, 2011, when Buemer called Tampa police to report a break-in at her apartment. During that investigation, officers found notebooks containing names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and other markings, as well as patient records from a medical facility run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and 23 prepaid debit cards.
Investigators were able to find one victim from the VA list who had a tax return filed in his name. Prosecutors said the victim did not know Buemer and did not give her permission to file a tax return on his behalf. Buemer had a prepaid debit card worth more than $9,000 in the victim's name mailed to her grandmother's house, prosecutors said.
Buemer is scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate Jan. 17.