A Tampa woman who pleaded guilty to getting more than $220,000 in fraudulent tax refunds was sentenced to prison today in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
Tiki Simone Dennis received six years and two months in federal prison for tax fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to officials. She was ordered to pay $222,767.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and the same amount as a money judgment, which constitutes the proceeds from the tax fraud.
Dennis pleaded guilty on Jan. 13, officials said.
According to court documents, in early 2011, Dennis used stolen identities to electronically file more than 116 fraudulent federal tax returns seeking approximately $364,113 in refunds. Some of these returns were rejected by the IRS, but 67 were accepted, and approximately $176,984 in tax refunds were paid out in debit cards.
In addition, Dennis provided information to a co-conspirator who filed an additional 36 tax returns requesting approximately $65,659. IRS accepted 25 of these returns and paid out $45,783 in debit cards, officials said.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the IRS.