MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 24-year-old, after a three-day trial, has been convicted for her involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme involving her student financial services account.READ MORE: Reward Offered In Search For Killer Of 6-Year-Old Chassidy Saunders Increased To $12,000
Laquisha Johnson, a 24 year-old from Opa-locka, during her time as a student at Miami Dade College opened a bank account serviced by Higher One, Inc., according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Higher One, Inc. provides financial services to colleges and universities throughout the US, including Miami Dade College.READ MORE: Major Food Distribution Groups Still Scrambling To Keep Up With Demand A Year Into Pandemic
After opening the account, tax refunds issued to three different victim taxpayers were direct deposited into Johnson’s account.
This included, according to the U.S. Attorneys, a tax refund of $61,000 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 was deposited into Johnson’s account.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,312 Additional Cases, 83 Deaths Reported; Broward Surpasses 200K Case
Johnson is set to be sentenced on May 27 before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. Johnson is facing a maximum term of 10 years in prison.