Miami Dade College Student Convicted for Her Involvement in a Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Involving Her Student Financial Services Account

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 @ 9:14PM

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U.S. Attorney’s Office March 19, 2015 • Southern District of Florida (313) 226-9100

After a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted Laquisha Q. Johnson, 24, of Opa Locka, Florida, for her involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme that utilized her student Higher One financial services account. Johnson was convicted of three counts of receiving stolen government property.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Miami Field Office, made the announcement. As shown at trial, Johnson was a student at Miami Dade College. During her time as a student, Johnson opened a bank account serviced by Higher One, Inc., which provides financial services to colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Miami Dade College in Florida. After opening this account, tax refunds issued to three different victim-taxpayers were direct deposited into Johnson’s account. This included a tax refund of $61,000.00, that had been issued to a victim-taxpayer with the initials E.R.L. An aggregate amount of tax refunds in the amount of $63,000.00 was deposited into Johnson’s account.

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