JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 31-year-old Gainesville woman was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison for charges related to identity theft, fraud against the United States, and treasury check fraud.
Regina Ward was also ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release following her incarceration, and to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $6,500.
According to court documents, last February, Ward met with an undercover agent posing as an individual willing and capable of cashing United States Treasury checks without proper identification. Ward presented the agent with a Treasury check in the amount of $12,727.81 in the name of another individual.
Ward negotiated a check cashing fee with the agent and advised that she had other checks that she needed to cash. Ward sold the Treasury check to the agent for $6,500.
Later that same month, Ward met with the agent again and tried to cash two additional Treasury checks. During the meeting, Ward sold 10 stolen identities for the purpose of filing fraudulent federal income tax returns. Specifically, Ward provided names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for 10 individuals.
She also provided driver's license numbers and TurboTax PIN numbers from prior years for some of the individuals. She sold those identities for $850 each.
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