Tampa, FL – The self-proclaimed “Queen of Tax Fraud,” Rashia Wilson, was sentenced to 21 years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday.
In an equally unforgiving gesture, US District Judge James. S. Moody Jr., forbade Wilson from hugging her children, ages 2 to 12, as she was sentenced and withdrawn from court.
Federal authorities claim the 27-year-old stole millions from taxpayers.
The mother of three devised a scheme using stolen identities. She then used the identities to defraud the system and filed fraudulent IRS tax returns.
In addition to committing the staggering tax fraud, Wilson also collected food stamps.
Wilson has a previous record, which includes possession of a firearm.
Documents state Wilson used the money for “personal greed and glorification,” as she unabashedly splurged on jewelry, cars, trips, clothes, and parties for herself and loved ones.
One of her ill-gotten vehicles, an Audi, was worth over $90,000. A birthday for one of her children exceeded $30,000 in estimates.
Ultimately, the Queen of Tax Fraud was dethroned when she committed the fatal error that many criminal do: she posted how she attained her wealth, through tax fraud, on Facebook.
It seems Wilson did not realize people do sometimes read what is posted on Facebook. And that authorities – both local and federal – peruse the social network when they are alerted to something suspicious.
Pictures posted on the social platform showed Wilson flagrantly flaunting her wealth. In one picture she was seen clutching thick stacks of bound-cash.
Authorities saw this as Wilson thumbing her nose at the government and taxpayers, and behaving as though she was untouchable, reports Fox News.
Assistant US Attorney Mandy Riedel, who prosecuted the case with Assistant US Attorney Sara Sweeney, read excerpts of Wilson’s Facebook posting in court:
“I’m Rashia, the QUEEN OF IRS TAX FRAUD … 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.”
Wilson, who also referred to herself as the “First Lady of Tax Refund Fraud,” taunted that she’d taken at least $20 million, but only copped to $3 million. Authorities believe the actual figure is much higher, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
The suspect’s defense begged for leniency, claiming the woman had been a crack baby born to a crack-addicted mother. Therefore, according to a psychologist’s testimony, Wilson suffered from bipolar disorder. The condition is often associated with extreme behavior and mood swings.
Wilson admitted to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax fraud. Upon sentencing the Queen of Tax Fraud broke down into tears.
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