Mississippi woman sentenced to prison for 10 years for stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme

Well, she was originally scheduled to be sentenced almost one year ago, but now Marietta Harris has been sentenced, it seems, and sentenced to the maximum prison term available under the guidelines.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi issued a press release today:

Marietta Harris, 39, of Jackson, was sentenced on April 8, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for stolen identity refund fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie with IRS Criminal Investigation. Harris was also ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $771,956.27.

Harris admitted to conspiring to defraud the government by using personal identifying information, including names and social security numbers which had been stolen from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility located in Rankin County, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and other locations. The information was then used by Harris and her co-conspirators to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

Acting Special Agent in Charge, Jerome R. McDuffie, IRS – Criminal Investigation, stated, “We are very pleased with the sentence handed down by the court in this matter. Marietta Harris engaged in a conspiracy that involved the use of stolen identification information which originated from the MDOC, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and a local physician patient database.

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