Nurse sentenced for tax fraud | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday a judge sentenced a Shands nurse for the theft of income tax return refunds.
Eraina Stoutamire, 38, pled guilty to one count of grand theft in February, according to a news release from the state attorney's office. Wednesday a judge sentenced Stoutamire to two years in prison followed by eight years probation.
Police arrested Stoutamire in October 2011 when a victim reported Stoutamire prepared her 2010 tax return and she never received the refund.
The release said Stoutamire prepared people's tax returns for extra income for 20 years.
Investigators found during that time Stoutamire took approximately $30,000 from several victims, who live in Virginia.
The release said evidence showed Stoutamire would file the victims' federal and state income tax returns. She would then have the refunds wired into her business account. Stoutamire would then take the money and spend it on dinners, clothing, utility bills and trips to Disney.
The judge also ordered Stoutamire to pay $30,000 in restitution.
Assistant State Attorney Dan Skinner said, "This sentence sends a strong statement - stealing from innocent victims simply will not be tolerated, particularly when those who steal are hired to perform a service for the victims. The victims hired someone they trusted, yet all the while Ms. Stoutamire was stealing from them. This sentence balanced the need to punish her while also requiring her to pay back the victims she stole from."