Corrections Officer. Quincy Man Charged with Tax Fraud

By: USDOJ Press Release
By: USDOJ Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- Kimberly Nakia Lewis, 31, of Sneads, Florida, and Christopher Lamont Shorter, 33, of Quincy, were arrested today on an indictment charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States in the filing of false 2008 and 2009 income tax returns.

The indictment alleges that, while employed with the Florida Department of Corrections, Lewis used the department’s database to obtain the names and social security numbers of inmates for use in a scheme to file fraudulent federal income tax returns. According to the indictment, Lewis gave the information to Shorter, who used it, without the inmates’ knowledge or consent, to file fraudulent income tax returns in the inmates’ names. Shorter then arranged for the refunds issued on the returns to be deposited at credit unions throughout Tallahassee, in accounts opened in the name of “Complete Solutions Tax Services,” a business Shorter established in 2008.

The indictment also charges Shorter with 25 counts of filing false claims against the United States, seven counts of wire fraud, 18 counts of mail fraud, and four counts of aggravated identity theft, in connection with the scheme. Lewis is charged with four counts of false claims, seven counts of wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

If convicted, the defendants face maximum sentences of ten years in prison for conspiracy, five years’ imprisonment on each count of false claims, and twenty years for each count of wire and mail fraud. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, the defendants face a mandatory minimum term of two years’ imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to any other sentence.

Trial is scheduled for April 2, 2012.

Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose joint investigation led to the indictment in this case.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Winifred Acosta NeSmith.

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 are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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  • by Joe Location: Leon on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Most of us have lied on our tax returns. There maybe 5% who have never lied. These people just got caught and it is never too late for the rest of us. You know you are married and have been living with your spouse (who is also employed) for years, but you claim Head of Household (a lie). You know all of those children that you list as Dependants have never stayed a weekend at your home but you claim that they have at least stayed Six months (a lie). I bet that you never knew their real names or date of births until you claimed them as your Dependents. You know you have never given to a Charity Organization but you list this as a deduction (a lie). So, stop pointing the finger at these people and pull out your own tax returns and start pointing at the lies you have told. No matter how big or small you may think your lie is. A lie is a lie. In God’s eyes they are equally measured.
  • by mail Location: store on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    2008-2009. shoot what about 2010, 11 and 12? shame u sleep your way to a sweet position now this. smh
  • by SMH Location: GA on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    OMG!! NOT KIM! THIS IS CRAZY.
  • by Caring Heart on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM
    My Heart goes out to u and ur family Kim,I have known you for many years and I never seen a different side of u I know that ur a great person.....I have a message from my Heart If any of her family reads this please pass it on......Keep ur head held high an Pray keep all ur faith in God he will not leave u nor forsake u and do not worry about what the street committee has to say only GOD can judge u......If the street committee had any sense they would be clean'n around their on front door!!!!!!
  • by Kesha Location: Tallahassee on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Wow Berry no more 745 or eating good, well maybe you can have the agents order take out for you!
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      by Keysha on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:54 AM in reply to Kesha
      Yea Kesha you right no more 745 cause now it a Mercedes and yea the agents are ordering Berry Filet Mignon!
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        by im keysha to on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Keysha
        lol you posted a reply to self and forgot to change your name. IDIOT!
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          by Keysha on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to im keysha to
          Nah Boo my name is Keysha and yours is Kesha so you say...lmao
  • by aqute Location: quincy on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM
    boi u been down dat road before u need 2 try something else
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    OH LAUWD!! Here comes the "he made me do it" defense.
  • by now thats funny ! Location: crack town on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    my my, how the jail door swings in both directions. you know what they say, what goes around, comes around
    • reply
      by FDOCEye on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to now thats funny !
      If they did it, throw them in jail just like any other "Joe Smith" on the street. A crime is a crime no matter who committed it.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to FDOCEye
        Thats what gives honest hard working correctional officers abad name!
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