NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A Hampton woman was sentenced to nine years in prison for tax refund fraud and ID theft charges on Wednesday.
44-year-old Tonya Nicole Matthews had already been convicted of tax refund fraud and identity theft and was on federal supervised release when prosecutors say she undertook her most recent scheme.
For more than four years, she filed 172 fraudulent federal income tax returns in the names of 75 stolen identities for over $450,000. Matthews filed all of the false returns electronically from her home in Hampton, using accounts she had created in her victims’ names.
Matthews then directed the IRS to deposit the claimed refunds into prepaid debit card accounts she had also opened in the victims’ names.