BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - US attorney Walt Green announced criminal charges against three people suspected of participating in fraud and identity theft.
Jason Davis, 30, of Baton Rouge, allegedly sent numerous federal tax refunds to bank accounts he controlled. Indictments say that Davis also allegedly loaded refunds on prepaid debit cards, knowing that he was not the rightful recipient of the returns.
US Attorney Green also alleges that Davis also used a taxpayer's name and social security number to help accomplish this crime.
Tasha Thomas, 26, of Donaldsonville, allegedly trafficked more than 270 social security numbers to various individuals from January 2012 to August 2013.
Shonda Johnson, 42, of Baton Rouge, was charged with three counts of receipt of stolen government property. She allegedly obtained several federal tax refunds to a bank account that she controlled while not being entitled to the funds.
Agent-in-Chief Jerome McDuffie Jerome McDuffie says that the IRS is committed to pursuing anyone trying to participate in identity theft, and that they are committed to protecting taxpayer money and trust.