TAMPA, FL—U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Belinda Brooks (47, Tampa) to five-and-a-half years in federal prison for stolen identity refund fraud. Judge Scriven sentenced Brooks to a term of 42 months’ imprisonment for theft of government property, to be followed by an additional 24 months for aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $118,882.63, the proceeds of Brooks’ criminal activity. She pleaded guilty on May 25, 2012.
According to court documents, in addition to filing her own false tax return, Brooks stole the names and Social Security numbers of other individuals in order to file fraudulent tax returns in their names and obtain tax refunds for the tax years 2008 and 2009.