BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former Ascension Parish public health worker was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for her connection to a tax fraud scheme.
26-year-old Ta'sha Thomas, of Donaldsonville, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing and selling the social security numbers of over 425 people. U.S. attorney Walt Green says the numbers were used to obtain more than $464,000 from the U.S. Treasury.
Thomas pled guilty to identity theft and access device fraud in June 2015.
Green says Thomas stole the information from a database used by her former workplace, the Ascension Parish Health Unit, over a six month period. She then sold the social security numbers to 34-year-old Plaquemine resident Mona Hill, who used the information to file fraudulent tax returns. Hill was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for her crimes.
Two others, 33-year-old Cameron Butler, and 42-year-old Shonda Johnson were also charged with receiving stolen government funds in connection with the scheme. They are awaiting sentencing.