Tax crimes typically carry stiff and severe penalties. We have previously reported cases where tax criminals face several years in prison, but this particular case is one of the longer sentences that we have seen. A Tampa woman has been re-sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence on various weapon and tax-related charges.
Rashia Wilson, the self-proclaimed Tax-Fraud Queen, was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison stemming from weapon charges that she previously pled guilty to. Further, her sentence included time for substantial tax fraud activity.
Was the Queen’s Original Sentence Too Much?
The Tax-Fraud Queen was originally indicted twice in 2012 on several counts of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Wilson’s criminal activity included stealing identities, filing false tax returns, and collecting fraudulent refunds from the IRS. The Department of Justice asserted that Wilson was able to steal over $3 million over the life of her criminal tax activity.
An appellate court ordered Wilson’s recent re-sentencing due to a formula that the sentencing judge used that took into account Wilson’s prior convictions and other circumstances. The appellate court sent the case back to the lower court to ensure that the 21-year was technically appropriate. After review, the sentencing judge determined that the nearly quarter-century sentence was well-deserved considering that Wilson had several prior convictions and over 40 prior arrests.
Being Investigated? Take Steps to Keep Yourself Out of Prison
Accusations of tax fraud or avoidance are serious and should not be taken lightly. Just because the Tax Fraud Queen had several prior convictions does not mean that an everyday-Joe won’t end up behind bars for a considerable amount of time. If you are under investigation for any tax crime, the most important thing that you can do is consult an experienced tax attorney. When taxpayer is charged with tax fraud, charges like wire fraud is another likely charge, another charge that can carry a hefty federal prison sentence.
The tax professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing are here to ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome whenever you have an undesirable encounter with the IRS or Department of Justice. Whether you are dealing with an examination or a full-blown criminal investigation, our advocates will zealously fight for your physical and financial freedom. When you are going up against the IRS, don’t go alone. Contact the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 or online for a reduced-rate consultation.