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Second of two sisters gets four years in Tampa tax scam

TAMPA — The second of two Tampa sisters convicted of filing false tax refund claims using stolen identities was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

Porscha Williams follows in the footsteps of her sister Nikia Williams, who was sentenced in June to 6-1/2 years. Another co-defendant, Quincy Wimberly, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2.

Porscha Williams is a single mother with children ages 2 and 10, and since June, she had also been caring for her sister's 10-year-old daughter, court records show.

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore denied her request to remain free over the holidays. The children will be in the care of their grandmother.

Authorities said Porscha Williams was responsible for the filing of more than 30 fraudulent tax returns with refunds totaling more than $175,000.

Five of seven counts against her were dropped after she took a plea deal. Whittemore entered a judgment against her for $9,116, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

Second of two sisters gets four years in Tampa tax scam 11/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:29pm]
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