In federal court on Wednesday, Pia Sims, charged with impersonation and filing false tax returns, pleaded guilty to 4 counts and faces a maximum of 42 years in prison.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Editor’s Note: The video above is from August 2020.
A Memphis woman who once ran a tax preparation business in Orange Mound and was charged with fraud and identity theft has pleaded guilty to multiple counts in federal court.
Pia Sims has faced federal charges related to stealing credit cards, stealing social security numbers and filing false tax returns.
In federal court on Wednesday, Sims pleaded guilty to charges of access device fraud, possession of access device manufacturing equipment, aggravated impersonation and conspiracy to defraud United States. Two other counts were dismissed.
As part of the plea agreement, Sims will pay restitution to “any identifiable victim.”
Under the plea deal, she faces a maximum of 42 years in prison and $750,400 in fines for the charges. She is expected to be sentenced on May 10, 2022.
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According to the federal indictment, Sims conspired with accomplices to obtain stolen names and social security numbers. Investigators said an accomplice, an employee of the Illinois Department of Social Services, sold him nearly 500 names, according to court documents.
According to the indictment, she had more than 4,100 social security numbers on her computer and she filed nearly 80 fraudulent tax returns totaling nearly $500,000.
The Feds also said she had 15 stolen credit cards and used them to buy things like a pool table at Family Leisure.
Read the full plea agreement HERE.
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