Cordele Woman Indicted on Identify Theft, Wire Fraud Charges
A Cordele woman has been indicted for crimes involving use of stolen identities on false federal income tax returns.
Kimberly Michelle Banks is accused of using those returns in order to obtain refunds, which she was not entitled.
Banks is charged with aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
She allegedly illegally obtained stolen identity information and used this information to prepare false tax returns claiming refunds. She then electronically submitted these returns to the Internal Revenue Service and had the refunds deposited onto prepaid debit cards.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Alexander R. Effendi and Justin K. Gelfand of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Michael Solis of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. The case was investigated with the assistance of the IRS.