A 23-year-old Tampa woman was sentenced in federal court today to five years and five months in federal prison for a scheme that netted her more than $150,000, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill said.
Remesa Buemer was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $462,039.60.
Buemer pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She had also faced charges of filing false tax returns and theft of government property.
According to court documents, from at least January 2011 through September 2011, Buemer engaged in a scheme to file false tax returns to obtain fraudulent refunds, using other people’s identities, O’Neill said.
She had faced 20 years in federal prison on each wire fraud count, five years for each charge of filing false returns, and 10 years for each count of theft of government property. She also faced up to two years in prison for each of the aggravated identity theft charges.