Stimulus Checks linked frauds are a serious concern for U.S. officials as they cause loss for the state and citizens. Recently, a woman pleaded guilty to conspiring with her inmate son to commit the Stimulus Check fraud of $145000. Sheila was found guilty of being a conspirator in the plan of stimulus check frauds this Friday by the Federal Court.
Sheila Denise Dunlap pleaded guilty
Sheila Denise Dunlap is a Modesto woman aged 51 who is pleaded guilty by the court for one count of wire fraud conspiracy. Further, Dunlap is found guilty of aggravated identity theft with her son, already in prison and serving a capital sentence on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. Together, the two were involved in the theft of the “personal identifiable information” of 9,043 individuals was used to apply for stimulus checks between March and July 2020.
Officials said Dunlap was accused in May will be sentenced in June. She faces a maximum of 22 years in jail and penalties of up to $500,000 for both crimes.
Officials on the fraud case of Dunlap
Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury Department investigators on the case reported that Dunlap is admitted to filing multiple fraudulent claims. They submitted all these fraud stimulus check claims on the IRS portal. Her son gathered all the personal identifiable information and was used to claim the stimulus checks, as reported by the San Fransico Chronicle.
As per the news release, information was obtained by her son from fellow state prisoners and other individuals. The information included the data of people “whom they suspected might qualify as non-filers of 2018 or 2019 income tax returns.”
Amount and data involved in the fraud
Officials said Dunlap’s son collaborated with another unnamed individual to email Dunlap a spreadsheet with the personal information of 9,043 people. She used this information to file around 121 stimulus checks for the claim.
Dunlap received a total of $145,200 in stimulus payments using her bank account information, according to officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.