Rashia Wilson’s days as the “first lady” of tax refund fraud have apparently come to an end. Wilson, who admitted stealing more than $3 million and is suspected of taking as much as $20 million, pleaded guilty earlier this year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Before being caught, Wilson taunted authorities in Tampa, Fla., as she stole millions from the IRS. She even boasted on Facebook about her life and posted the following:
"I'm a millionaire for the record, so if U think indicting me will B easy it won't, I promise you! U need more than black and white to hold me down N that's to da rat who went N told, as if 1st lady don't have da TPD under her spell. I run Tampa right now."
Wilson's fraud was discovered during a two-year investigation called 'Operation Rain Maker,' named in reference to all the money raining down on the suspects' mail boxes, according to ABC News. The multi-agency investigation included Tampa Police Department, IRS-Criminal Investigations, the Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Those involved in the tax fraud operation used stolen Social Security numbers to file returns, according to the Global Dispatch. The scam meant that ordinary taxpayers had to wait for up to a year to receive their refunds.
For a few years, tax fraud allowed an unimaginable lifestyle. She spent $30,000 on her 1-year-old's birthday party, and $90,000 on an Audi.
"She knew what she was doing was wrong," U.S. District Judge James. S. Moody Jr. stated. "She reveled in the fact that it was wrong."
The 27-year-old Wilson also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Moody sentenced her Tuesday for all three offenses.
The 21-year sentence includes 210 months for wire fraud, 24 months for aggravated identity theft and 18 months for the gun.
It's the harshest penalty yet in the Tampa Bay area for charges relating to stolen identity refund fraud, which sent car dealer Russell B. Simmons to prison for 15 years.