The U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson says Nikki Thomas, 37, of Jackson, was sentenced Wednesday to 92 months
in federal prison for obtaining income tax refunds using stolen identities.
Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $771,956.27.
Officials say Thomas conspired to defraud the government by using personal identifying information, including names and Social Security numbers which had been stolen from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and other locations.
The information was then used by Thomas and her co-conspirators to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
The tax returns claimed that the tax payers were owed a refund. Refunds were then electronically deposited into various bank accounts in Mississippi belonging to Thomas and her co-conspirators.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service.