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Self-Proclaimed Tax Fraud ‘Queen’ Condemned to 21 Years in Prison

Author: Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC|July 26, 2013

Rashia Wilson, the self-proclaimed tax fraud “queen” who taunted her crimes to authorities via social media, has been sentenced by a district court to 21 years in federal prison for her various tax law violations.

Self-Proclaimed Tax Fraud ‘Queen’ Condemned to 21 Years in Prison

Rashia Wilson, the self-proclaimed tax fraud “queen” who taunted her crimes to authorities via social media, has been sentenced by a district court to 21 years in federal prison for her various tax law violations.

U.S. District Judge James Moody handed down the sentence – which is the most severe ruling given so far in the stolen identity tax refund fraud outbreak that has overtaken Tampa, Florida – following Wilson’s online taunts that federal authorities could never catch her.

Wilson used part of the funds she stole to throw a $30,000 party for her 1-year-old daughter, and also purchased a new vehicle, allegedly telling the salesman that she “didn’t care what type of car it was, as long as it was the most expensive on the lot,” according to the Tampa Tribune.

Her representatives argued that their client, who stole as much as $20 million from U.S. taxpayers through the use of identity theft and wire fraud, was suffering from a mental illness at the time. Despite her apologies to the courtroom, Wilson’s Facebook messages were a large contributor to the high sentence she received.

“I’m Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud,” her Facebook post stated, all in capital letters. “I’m a millionaire for the record, so if U think indicting me will B easy it won’t, I promise you! U need more than black and white to hold me down N that’s to da rat who went N told, as if 1st lady don’t have da TPD under her spell. I run Tampa right now.”

Judge Moody wrote that despite Wilson’s tearful remorse, she knew what she was doing was wrong and “reveled in the fact that it was wrong.”

In addition to serving her time in prison, Wilson will also be required to pay restitution for the millions she stole from the government.

Self-Proclaimed Tax Fraud ‘Queen’ Condemned to 21 Years in Prison

Author: Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC

U.S. District Judge James Moody handed down the sentence – which is the most severe ruling given so far in the stolen identity tax refund fraud outbreak that has overtaken Tampa, Florida – following Wilson’s online taunts that federal authorities could never catch her.

Wilson used part of the funds she stole to throw a $30,000 party for her 1-year-old daughter, and also purchased a new vehicle, allegedly telling the salesman that she “didn’t care what type of car it was, as long as it was the most expensive on the lot,” according to the Tampa Tribune.

Her representatives argued that their client, who stole as much as $20 million from U.S. taxpayers through the use of identity theft and wire fraud, was suffering from a mental illness at the time. Despite her apologies to the courtroom, Wilson’s Facebook messages were a large contributor to the high sentence she received.

“I’m Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud,” her Facebook post stated, all in capital letters. “I’m a millionaire for the record, so if U think indicting me will B easy it won’t, I promise you! U need more than black and white to hold me down N that’s to da rat who went N told, as if 1st lady don’t have da TPD under her spell. I run Tampa right now.”

Judge Moody wrote that despite Wilson’s tearful remorse, she knew what she was doing was wrong and “reveled in the fact that it was wrong.”

In addition to serving her time in prison, Wilson will also be required to pay restitution for the millions she stole from the government.

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