TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Lydia Jennine Thomas, 39, of Tallahassee, has been sentenced to 24 months and 1 day in prison for theft of public money and aggravated identity theft. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
During Thomas’s guilty plea on September 12, 2016, Thomas admitted that, between 2012 and 2014, she knowingly prepared and electronically filed fraudulent tax returns. The personal identifying information that Thomas used on the tax returns came from homeless people, inmates, and Thomas’s family members. The tax returns typically claimed false income that generated refunds of approximately $6,000. Thomas would establish recipient addresses, such as abandoned houses and rental properties, for the refunds to arrive in the form of treasury checks and debit cards.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Corey J. Smith.
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