Tampa woman sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for tax fraud scheme

 

Date: January 30, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung today sentenced Derraka Reed to three years and six months in federal prison for theft of government funds and access device fraud in connection with filing fraudulent tax returns. The court also ordered Reed to pay $128,740 in restitution to the IRS.

Reed had pleaded guilty on November 30, 2018.

According to court documents, between 2012 and 2014, Reed filed more than 100 fraudulent tax returns with the IRS, using dozens of stolen identities. Altogether, her fraudulent tax returns claimed more than $580,000 in tax refunds. Reed successfully obtained $128,740 in fraudulent tax refunds.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.