A series on anti-social media criminals
Every little girl dreams of being a princess, queen, royalty or First Lady……and some can even make their dreams a reality. Of sorts. This social media savvy criminal, Rashia Wilson, most definitely believed she had achieved this – as the self-proclaimed “queen of IRS tax fraud”. (Little girls everywhere with tax evasion life goals keep reading).
A flashy Facebook page showing a fast paced lifestyle and incriminating statuses was the downfall of our next social media fail. Rashia Wilson, though dropping out of highschool in the 7th grade, achieved Facebook and federal infamy when she, and her boyfriend Maurice J. “Thirst” Larry, were charged with 57 counts of federal charges due to tax fraud – conning the U.S government out of over $3 million dollars.
A 27 year old high school dropout left the IRS and U.S Magistrate Thomas Wilson (of no relation to the defendant) dumbfounded as she collected $668 a month in food assistant from the state – whilst stealing $2.2 million in fraudulent tax refunds. And told all of Facebook.
“IM RASHIA, THE QUEEN OF IRS TAX FRAUD” was just one of many statuses from the dollar loving mother, who spent a reported $30,000 of public funds on her 1 year olds birthday party. (Say cheese) . Wilson was handed Tampa’s harshest penalty yet for fraud charges – a staggering 21-year sentence and an order to pay $3.1 million in restitution. As she only had a reported income of $200 a month from working as a hairstylist, a few items were “donated” from Rashia to help the cause. Nothing major….just a brand new $90,000 A8L Audi, an 80 inch television, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada handbags – and, of course, a necklace with the name “Rashia” in jewels amongst other items.
When using the colourful evidence from Wilson’s Facebook account during the trial, the sentencing judge had to mention that “Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times”, attempting to sway from the extremely probative value of Wilson’s self-documented taunting of the feds. (IRS Criminal Investigations, the Secret Service, the U.S Postal Inspection Service and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, all worked with Tampa Police Department in this specific investigation).