On Monday, January 29, 2018, a woman from Antioch, Tennessee was sentenced to prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Monique Ellis was sentenced to six years in prison. The defendant was convicted following a jury trial in October of 2017. Documents filed in the case and trial evidence showed that in January and February of 2012, the defendant used stolen IDs to file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
Some of the stolen IDs belonged to prisoners held by the Alabama Department of Corrections. The defendant directed the fraudulently obtained refunds to be deposited into bank accounts she controlled. Hers actions ultimately led to a tax loss of $700,933.20.
In addition to the six years in prison, Monique Ellis has been ordered to serve three years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a later time. Further details have been made available here.