Multi-Agency Task Force Arrest Four and Issue Warrants for Three in Tax Fraud Scam

03/18/15

The suspects have been engaged in credit card fraud and identity theft related to filing fraudulent tax returns. Several have said in interviews that they were going to take part in their own stimulus program. Additional charges are pending on each of the suspects.  This is an ongoing effort in conjunction with the Tampa Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspector and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

SUSPECT 1: Briana Latisha Keaton, B/F, 07/21/1989, 1618 East 24th Avenue
CHARGES: Credit Card Fraud, Criminal Use of Personal Information
The suspect used a Green Dot card at a Rent a Center to pay off a 50 inch flat screen TV and a washer and dryer. The victim is a 92-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. The suspect also had a ledger with over 100 names listed.
Booked into Orient Road

SUSPECT 2: Wilma Lee Gallagher, W/F, 12/06/1941, 8424 North 16th Street
CHARGES: Uttering a Forged Instrument
The suspect tried to cash a Green Dot check an Amscot using a fraudulent power of attorney.
Booked into Orient Road

SUSPECT 3: Endrica Michell Simpson, 08/06/1974, B/F, 1013 East 14th Avenue
CHARGES: Criminal Use of Personal Information
Officers conducted a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license and while officers were searching the car, they found a Green Dot card with multiple US Treasury refunds on the card.
Booked into Orient Road

SUSPECT 4: Travis Rennard Johnson, B/M, 11/12/1988, 2404 East Cayuga
CHARGES: Credit Card Fraud, Criminal Use of Personal Information
The suspect used a Green Dot card in a jewelry store in University Mall. The victim is an 82-year-old woman who lives in Illinois and does not know the suspect.
Booked into Orient Road

SUSPECT 5: Rashad Ahmeir Cortez, B/M, 02/12/1987, 6901 Bonair Drive
CHARGES: Criminal Use of Personal Information
Officers conducted a traffic stop and while searching the vehicle, the suspect tried to hide a Green Dot card in his shoe. The victim lives in Ohio. The suspect was caught on video using the card. Warrant issued for his arrest.

SUSPECT 6: Alonia Shameka Anderson, B/F, 10/24/1976, address unknown
CHARGES: Five Counts Identity Theft, Scheme to Defraud, Credit Card Fraud
Officers conducted a traffic stop and smelled marijuana. When officers searched the car, they found a Green Dot card in another person’s name. The victim is in prison and has no ties to Tampa. Warrant issued for her arrest.


SUSPECT 7: Darryl Deon Smith, B/M, 08/21/1972, 3701 North Ola Avenue
CHARGES: Credit Card Fraud, Criminal Use of Personal Information
The suspect used a Green Dot card that was in someone else’s name to buy a money order. Warrant issued for his arrest.
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