CEDAR RAPIDS —A Cedar Rapids woman was convicted last week for filing false tax returns for herself and others, and also stealing someone’s identity to file at least one of those returns.
Kaeisha Robinson, 39, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to one count each of aggravated identity theft, theft of government property and making false statements to a government agency.
A plea agreement shows Robinson admitted she filed numerous fraudulent tax returns from May 2011 to February 2013. She filed these returns in both her own name and the names of others, some who were unaware she was using their identities to file the returns.
Robinson also admitted that as a result her false filings, she received refunds from the Internal Revenue Service and stole money from the government. She made one filing on Jan. 19, 2012, in her name, claiming a refund of $9,995 for tax year 2011. She received the fraudulent refund in February 2012.
Robinson also filed a fraudulent tax return using another person’s identity, claiming a refund of $7,384 on Jan. 26, 2012, the plea shows. She did this without the person’s knowledge or permission, and knew the person wasn’t entitled to the refund.
The plea agreement also shows Robinson admitted she lied on forms concerning Section 8 housing assistance by failing to report all of her income from October 2011 through July 2013. Robinson received assistance that she wouldn’t have if she had claimed she had another source of income other than Social Security benefits and food stamps.
“Investigating refund fraud and identity theft is a priority for IRS Criminal Investigation,” Special Agent in Charge Karl Stiften said in a statement last week. “Stealing identities and filing false tax returns is a crime that hurts innocent taxpayers. We are serious about holding those accountable who attempt to defraud the government.”
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U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau said in a statement that his office plans to continue working with the IRS to prosecute those who steal other’s identities.
“These crimes cause harm to the person whose identity is stolen and harm to the taxpayer,” Techau said. “Those who commit such crimes need to be held accountable.”
Robinson remains in custody pending sentencing. She faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years and possibly up to 17 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
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