Last Defendant Charged in Stolen Identity and Tax Fraud Scheme Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Federal Prison
STATESBORO, GA—Stacy Williams, 42, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced last week by Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 94 months in prison. On September 23, 2014, a jury convicted Williams of conspiracy, wire fraud, wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information, and aggravated identity theft. Williams was the last of 15 federal defendants charged in April 2014 for their roles in a large-scale identity theft and tax fraud scheme. With last week’s sentencing of Williams, all 15 defendants have now been convicted and sentenced.
United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “These convictions demonstrate the continuing commitment of the United States Department of Justice to prosecute those who steal the identities of American citizens in order to commit tax fraud. Federal law enforcement partners will continue to track down identity thieves and bring them to justice. This U.S. Attorney’s Office along with its federal and state law enforcement partners will not stop until the individuals running these identity theft and tax fraud rings within the Southern District of Georgia are found, prosecuted, and sent to federal prison.”
IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot said, “IRS Criminal Investigation is sworn to protect the tax system and bring to justice those who steal from the Treasury. These defendants perpetuated an elaborate scheme driven by insatiable greed and a blatant disregard for the tremendous damage inflicted on innocent victims. The sentences in these cases demonstrate that stealing from the American people will not be ignored or go unpunished.”
J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “The sentencing of Williams brings to a conclusion an extensive scheme to not only defraud the U.S. Government but also to steal the very identities of numerous individuals and to use that information in furtherance of their fraudulent schemes. This case clearly represents a trending crime problem but also illustrates the combined law enforcement efforts in dealing with it.”
In addition to Williams, the other participants convicted and sentenced as part of this prosecution included:
- AISHIA MILLS, 32, Statesboro, Georgia, 27 months in prison;
- ANGELLICA ROBERTS, 28, Claxton, Georgia, 126 months in prison;
- CANDACE HILLS, 24, Claxton, Georgia, 36 months in prison;
- CHRYSTAL HARLIE, 33, Statesboro, Georgia, 54 months in prison;
- DEONDRAY RICHARDSON, 40, Keysville, Georgia, five years of probation;
- KATRINA BEASLEY, 32, Claxton, Georgia, 104 months in prison;
- LATASHA CHARLES, 29, Statesboro, Georgia, 57 months in prison;
- MARQUITA WATSON, 31, Claxton, Georgia, 18 months in prison;
- MARTISHA HILL, 41, Augusta, Georgia, 42 months in prison;
- MARY MCDILDA, 64, Claxton, Georgia, five years of probation;
- MELISSA WHITFIELD, 34, Statesboro, Georgia, 40 months in prison;
- MONICA WHITFIELD, 33, Statesboro, Georgia, 42 months in prison;
- SANTANA LUNDY, 29, Statesboro, Georgia, 69 months in prison; and,
- TERRY GORDON, 33, Swainsboro, Georgia, 81 months in prison.
FBI Special Agent Marcus Kirkland, IRS Special Agents Gwen Weston and Jason Dulin, and Sergeant James Winskey of the Statesboro Police Department, assisted by their agencies’ colleagues, conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Lamont A. Belk and C. Troy Clark prosecuted these cases on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.