Ten Charged in $11.1 Million Tax Refund Fraud Conspiracy

A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment, unsealed yesterday, charging 10 defendants with conspiracy, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft.

The defendants are:

  • Ja’Baree Vazquez Allen, 26, Tallahassee, Florida;
  • Ronald Edward Brown, 27, Quincy, Florida;
  • Anre’ Juardon Davis, 34, St. Petersburg, Florida;
  • Addrain Montez McMillan, 29, Overland Park, Kansas;
  • Rashard Lavonta McMillian, 26, Quincy, Florida
  • Jasmine Junae Robinson, 25, Tallahassee, Florida;
  • Daria Patrice Simmons, 33, Tampa, Florida;
  • Jazzman Shabazz Simmons, 27, Tallahassee, Florida;
  • John Walter Simmons, 34, Tampa, Florida; and
  • Mercedes Shevon Sutton, 25, Tampa, Florida.

The indictment alleges that, between January 2011 and April 2014, the conspirators fraudulently obtained the personal identifying information of approximately 2,800 individuals from multiple sources, including the insurance provider AmeriGroup and the online death database, dobsearch.com.

The trial is scheduled for December 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida

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