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United States of America v. Monique Ellis
Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse
Case Number: 3:16-cr-00236
Judge: Gershwin A. Drain
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Henry Leventis and Lauren Castaldi
Defendant's Attorney: Ronald Clayton Small - FPD
Description: Nashville, TN - Tennessee Woman Convicted of Stolen ID Refund Fraud
An Antioch, Tennessee, woman was convicted by a federal jury sitting in Nashville, Tennessee, of eight counts each of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, in January and February 2012, Monique Ellis, used stolen IDs, including those of prisoners held by the Alabama Department of Corrections, to file tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking fraudulent refunds. Ellis directed the fraudulently obtained refunds to bank accounts that she controlled, causing a tax loss of $121,851.10.
Ellis faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud and a mandatory two year sentence for each count of aggravated identity theft. She also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Cochran thanked special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Leventis, and Trial Attorney Lauren Castaldi of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting this case.
Additional information about the Tax Divisionís enforcement efforts can be found on the divisionís website.