US Attorney rounds up Florida Tax Fraud Suspects

| November 7, 2015

Arrest

TALLAHASSEE – A federal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment, unsealed today, charging 10 defendants with conspiracy, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The defendants are:

• Ja’Baree Vazquez Allen, 26, Tallahassee, Florida;
• Ronald Edward Brown, 27, Quincy, Florida;
• Anre’ Juardon Davis, 34, St. Petersburg, Florida;
• Addrain Montez McMillan, 29, Overland Park, Kansas;
• Rashard Lavonta McMillian, 26, Quincy, Florida
• Jasmine Junae Robinson, 25, Tallahassee, Florida;
• Daria Patrice Simmons, 33, Tampa, Florida;
• Jazzman Shabazz Simmons, 27, Tallahassee, Florida;
• John Walter Simmons, 34, Tampa, Florida; and
• Mercedes Shevon Sutton, 25, Tampa, Florida.

The indictment alleges that, between January 2011 and April 2014, the conspirators fraudulently obtained the personal identifying information of approximately 2,800 individuals from multiple sources, including the insurance provider AmeriGroup and the online death database, dobsearch.com. The indictment further alleges that the conspirators then prepared and electronically filed fraudulent federal income tax returns using the victims’ information and caused the Internal Revenue Service to issue tax refunds in the victims’ names. The tax refunds were allegedly loaded onto debit cards, issued in the form of U.S. Treasury checks, and deposited into bank accounts controlled by the conspirators. By this conduct, the conspirators allegedly attempted to obtain approximately $11.1 million in tax refunds. Additionally, John Walter Simmons is charged with knowingly possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. The trial is scheduled for December 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.

This case resulted from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jason R. Coody is prosecuting the case.

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