Woman who called herself ‘First Lady’ of tax refund fraud sentenced to 21 years in prison; Stole $20 million in tax refunds
Rashia Wilson, the Florida woman who bragged about stealing millions from the IRS on Facebook.com, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. The 27-year-old mother-of-three pleaded guilty to federal charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and aggravated identity theft. She dropped her head on the table and sobbed when she heard her punishment, Tampabay.com reports.
Wilson’s 3 children, ages 2 to 12, wailed in open court when the judge denied the defendant a final chance to hug her kids.
Boston police and federal authorities have identified a 3rd suspect wanted in the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27. Ernest Wallace, aka “Bo Fish,” is wanted for accessory after murder.
Wallace, whose age is listed as 41 and 44, is believed to be one of two men who was with former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez the night Lloyd was killed.
Hernandez, 23, is being held without bond on first degree murder and weapons charges. A second accomplice, Carlos A. Ortiz, 23, was arrested near Bristol, Conn., earlier this week. Bristol is the hometown of Hernandez.
Ortiz has agreed to be extradited from Connecticut, according to Deadspin.com. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.
Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have been involved in a double murder last Summer, the Boston Globe reports. Hernandez, 23, is being held without bond on first degree murder and weapons charges in the death of his friend Odin Lloyd, 27. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.
According to a report in the Boston Globe, Hernandez was involved in a fist fight at a Boston nightclub that ended in the shooting deaths of two men. Two law enforcement sources tell The Globe that Lloyd was executed because he had information about Hernandez’s involvement in the shootings.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with first degree murder in the death of a friend on Wednesday, hours after he was taken from his North Attleborough mansion in handcuffs.
Also on Wednesday, Connecticut police detained Carlos A. Ortiz near Bristol, CT on a fugitive from justice warrant.
Ortiz, 23, is believed to be one of two men who was with Hernandez the night semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bond. His charges have not been released.
The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.
Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.
Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father’s fiancee’s home from a convenience store. He described the man as “creepy” and a “cracker.”
The New England Patriots have released their celebrated tight end Aaron Hernandez just hours after he was taken into police custody this morning.
Hernandez, 23, is a suspect in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. A rental car connected to Hernandez was located near the body. Hernandez will be charged with, at the least, obstruction of justice for destroying evidence in the ongoing homicide investigation.
The Supreme Court ruled on two cases today that will change the way traditional marriage has been defined for ages. The SCOTUS judges voted to strike down key provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the voter-backed law that bans gay marriage in California.
In a 5-4 decision, the supreme court ruled that gays married in states where gay marriage is legal can collect federal benefits in all states — except Utah, which refuses to recognize gay marriage.
The supreme court avoided ruling on the issue of gay marriage altogether. Which means 36 states can still ban gay marriage.
On Prop 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of California can vacate and remand the decision, essentially ignoring voters who disapproved of gay marriage.
Meanwhile, here’s an article that you won’t hear much about in the mainstream media: a gay man and his brother have been charged with killing a woman to cash in on her insurance policy.
Update: Earlier I noted that gays who marry in states where gay marriage is legal will be recognized in all states as a result of today’s supreme court ruling. That was incorrect. States where gay marriage is not legal do not have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.