Two Baton Rouge residents and a Donaldsonville woman were accused by a federal grand jury Wednesday of misusing the names and Social Security numbers of nearly 300 taxpayers and fraudulently obtaining numerous federal income tax refunds, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.
Jason Deandre Davis, 30, and Shonda V. Johnson, 42, both of Baton Rouge, and Tasha Thomas, 26, of Donaldsonville, are accused of committing theft of government property, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and related crimes in the Baton Rouge area.
Davis obtained federal tax refunds, either through electronic deposits to bank accounts he controlled or debit cards pre-loaded with the refunds, knowing the funds belonged to other taxpayers and that he was not entitled to them, the indictment states.
Thomas, from January 2012 through August 2012, used and trafficked the Social Security numbers assigned to more than 250 taxpayers, the grand jury alleged. In August 2013, she also trafficked more than 20 additional Social Security numbers assigned to other individuals, the indictment says.
Johnson obtained several federal tax refunds via paper checks and electronic deposits to a bank account she controlled, knowing the refunds belonged to other taxpayers and that she was not entitled to the funds. Johnson also knowingly possessed and used one of the taxpayer’s names and Social Security numbers, the grand jury alleged.