According to the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Dawn Johnson recently entered into an agreement and pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and presenting fictitious or fraudulent claims. From January 2007 to April 2011, Johnson devised and executed a scheme to defraud members of her family and former associates in the Eastern District of Virginia.
The investigation revealed that Johnson used the mail “to fraudulently apply for and receive unemployment benefits in other people’s names.” Johnson was guilty of using social security numbers of the victims without their knowledge of consent. According to the investigation, Johnson also filed false tax returns in her own name and in other people’s names without their consent.
“She deposited the proceeds of these fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits and tax refunds into bank accounts that she opened in other people’s names, but that she controlled,” explained PIO Joy Cuffee in an email.
Dawn Johnson was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia and the case was brought in this jurisdiction due to the acts of mail fraud that occurred in the area. Individuals who were victimized by Johnson’s crimes reside in Alexandria and other areas within the District of Columbia metropolitan.
According to court documents, Johnson was sentenced to 18 months in prison on October 3, 2013.
The investigation of this case was led by the IRS-CI and the United States Postal Services Inspection Service.
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