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Woman Faces 10 Years In Prison After Admitting To Stealing $17K In Tax Refunds

CHRISTIANSTED — A woman who used fake IDs and filed multiple tax returns faces 10 years in prison after a guilty plea in federal court on Friday, authorities said.

Nicolette Alexander, 29, from the U.S. Virgin Islands pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock to conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, from January 2011 to July 2012, Nicolette Alexander and others participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States treasury by fraudulently obtaining federal income tax refunds.

The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information of individuals (i.e. name, social security number, and date of birth) used to electronically file falsified tax returns with a designation of refunds to the acquired bank accounts or debit cards.

Alexander and her co-conspirators withdrew the deposited refunds. They subsequently spent the funds using a debit card or transferred the funds to other accounts, all for personal use.

As a result of the scheme, approximately $17,537 of falsely-claimed returns were deposited into Alexander’s bank account.

Of ten defendants charged in the tax fraud scheme, Alexander is the ninth to plead guilty.

Eight others have entered guilty pleas, four of whom have been sentenced in federal court by District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis.

The remaining defendant is scheduled for trial on June 7, 2021.

A sentencing date for Alexander is to be scheduled, and she faces a maximum sentence of ten years, up to a $250,000.00 fine, and the payment of restitution.

The prosecution of this fraud scheme is the result of years of investigative work by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, which identified and dismantled a massive stolen identity refund fraud scheme perpetrated in the Virgin Islands and elsewhere.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Ortiz.

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Federal Judge Gives St. Croix’s Indica Greenidge One Year In Prison For Tax Fraud Scheme

Federal Judge Gives St. Croix's Indica Greenidge One Year In Prison For Tax Fraud Scheme

SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR: INDICA GREENIDGE

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix woman was given one year in prison by a federal court on Wednesday for her admitted role in a tax fraud scheme.

Indica Greenidge, 27, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis to 12 months’ imprisonment for her conviction of conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Greenidge to three years of supervised release, $75,171 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, from September 2011 to July 2012, Greenidge and others participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States treasury by fraudulently obtaining federal income tax refunds.

The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information used to electronically file falsified tax returns for tax years 2010 and 2011. Specifically, with Greenidge’s knowledge, her co-conspirators filed tax returns in individuals’ true names and actual social security numbers and dates of birth but falsified the individuals’ income earned, tax withholding amounts, credits, and other information, and thereby claimed refunds to which they were not entitled.

The co-conspirators designated bank accounts for receipt of the refunds, which Greenidge and her co-conspirators
then withdrew and spent for personal use.

As a result of the scheme, $77,767 was designated to Greenidge’s bank account, of which $75,171 was actually deposited therein.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meredith Edwards and Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

https://vifreepress.com/2018/08/federal-judge-gives-st-croixs-indica-greenidge-one-year-in-prison-for-tax-fraud-scheme/

https://vifreepress.com/2016/10/ten-virgin-islands-women-indicted-tax-fraud-charges/

https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/10-virgin-islands-women-indicted-tax-related-charges

Federal Judge Gives St. Croix's Indica Greenidge One Year In Prison For Tax Fraud Scheme