TAMPA — Federal authorities have charged Remesa Buemer, 23, of Tampa, with aggravated identity theft after she allegedly filed false tax returns to get fraudulent refunds, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill. Buemer received at least $159,265 from the federal government, says O'Neill.
The alleged tax scheme was carried out from January through September 2011, the U.S. attorney says in his statement. Buemer used the identities of other people without their permission, and provided false information on tax returns that generated the refunds, says O'Neill.
In addition to identity theft, Buemer was indicted for wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and theft of government property, according to the statement. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each wire fraud count, if convicted, five years for each charge of filing false returns, 10 years for each count of theft of government property, and up two years in prison for each of the aggravated identity theft charges.
The government also wants a money judgment for the proceeds she is accused of receiving, according to the federal officials.
The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Tampa police investigated the case, which will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara C. Sweeney, officials say.