US Department of Justice Release
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Monique Shevette Kimble, 41, of Tallahassee, has been indicted for preparing false income tax returns, filing false claims against the government, and identity theft. The indictment was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The 13-count indictment alleges that between February and April 2009, Kimble, the owner/operator of Speedie Tax Service in Tallahassee, prepared federal income tax returns seeking refunds based upon false claims for first-time home buyer and education tax credits. Kimble is also alleged to have used W-2 forms to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds, falsely reporting that two taxpayers had received income from a temporary employment agency where Kimble knew the taxpayers had never worked. The indictment charges that Kimble unlawfully used the name and social security number of one of these taxpayers in connection with the falsified W-2 return. Kimble is scheduled for trial on April 1, 2013 before Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee, Florida.
If convicted, Kimble faces a maximum of five years in prison on each of the charged offenses. U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service, whose investigation led to the indictment in the case.
The case is being prosecuted as part of a Department of Justice initiative to fight stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF). In September 2012, the Department issued Tax Division Directive 144, which sets forth expedited Department review procedures for SIRF cases, enabling law enforcement to respond quickly and effectively to the grave challenges presented in SIRF cases and to prevent the victimization of innocent taxpayers whose identities are stolen by fraudsters. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric K. Mountin.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable