The tax fraud is not particularly complex. The crook obtains someone's name, Social Security number and date of birth. After making sure that no one has filed a tax return under the social security number, the crook files online using software such as Turbo Tax. The crook obtains a tax refund, perhaps on a prepaid debit card.
Tampa has been deemed the “worst in the nation” for tax refund fraud. Interestingly, Rashia and the two others are considered the “pioneers” of tax fraud in Tampa. Major Ken Morman of the Tampa Police Department stated:
They have a Medicare card in their name. They have a food stamp card in their name. And they have $23,000 in cash from the stolen and fraudulent income tax in other's names."