Woman indicted, accused of stealing the identity of Afghanistan war veteran

Published April 2, 2016

TAMPA — The day Army 1st Lt. Ryan Timoney arrived at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, he was still recovering from a suicide bomber's blast in Afghanistan.

That same day in June 2012, Timoney's name, birth date and Social Security number were traded for crack cocaine.

David Lewis, the VA worker who gave up the personal information to feed his drug habit, has already been sentenced to six years in prison. Now, 31-year-old Nejah Prince is facing an indictment in federal court alleging aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns, according to records filed Thursday.

Timoney, who had part of his leg amputated, first noticed something was amiss when he was mailed a receipt for a TV bought in his name.

According to the court filings, Prince used a Montgomery Ward credit card to buy a plasma screen television and cookware set for nearly $1,400 in February 2013. The credit card, the documents said, were in the name of someone with the initials "R.T."

Prince is also accused of filing false tax returns using the identities of four other victims, totaling more than $33,000, according to court records. She has an extensive criminal history, including convictions of staging car crashes to collect insurance money.

Lewis is tied to at least 59 stolen identities that were used to file false claims for tax refunds totaling $105,271.