St. Croix: Nicolette Alexander Plea Guilty in Tax Fraud Scheme

Ninth St. Croix Woman, Nicolette Alexander Pleads Guilty in Multi-Defendant Tax Fraud Scheme

St. Croix, USVI (STL.News) United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced on Friday that Nicolette Alexander, age 29, from the Virgin Islands pled guilty in federal court today to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.

According to court documents, from January 2011 to July 2012, Nicolette Alexander and others participated in a scheme to steal money from the United States treasury by fraudulently obtaining federal income tax refunds.  The scheme involved the acquisition of personal identifying information of individuals (i.e. name, social security number, and date of birth) used to electronically file falsified tax returns with a designation of refunds to the acquired bank accounts or debit cards.  Defendant and her co-conspirators withdrew the deposited refunds.  They subsequently spent the funds using a debit card or transferred the funds to other accounts, all for personal use.  As a result of the scheme, approximately $17,537 of falsely-claimed returns were deposited into Alexander’s bank account.

Of ten defendants charged in the tax fraud scheme, Alexander is the ninth to plead guilty.  Eight others have entered guilty pleas, four of whom have been sentenced in federal court by District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis. 

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