Tax fraud ‘queen’ reportedly getting smarter while in prison
(Tampa Bay Times) TAMPA, Fla. – Incarceration has bought Rashia Wilson something that $3 million-plus in tax refund fraud never delivered: a GED.
She is scheduled to be re sentenced Thursday. An appellate court decided a judge made technical errors when ordering her to prison for 21 years back in 2013.
Defense attorney Andrew Greenlee noted in a recent sentencing memorandum that Wilson, now 29, entered prison with a 7th grade education and has since obtained her high school equivalency diploma.
She’s a “different person” now, he said.
His court filing contained letters from Wilson and her family, including one from a 14-year-old daughter who promised to keep the mother out of trouble. Wilson said she wants to be in her children’s lives to spare them the upbringing she had.
“All I’m asking for is a second chance,” Wilson wrote to the judge. “A second chance way before 2031.”
That’s when she’s scheduled to be released, with credit for good behavior and time served.
Federal prosecutor Sara Sweeney, in her own memo, reminded U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. that Wilson once blew $90,000 in public money on an Audi and $30,000 on a birthday party for a 1-year-old, all after stealing identities to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds.
Sweeney said Wilson held herself out “as a sort of anti-role model, calling herself the ‘queen’ and ‘first lady’ of tax fraud while publicly bragging about her crimes.”