JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi woman for her role in a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current state inmates in the Jackson area.
Shekeila Jones pleaded guilty of conspiring to defraud the United States. She is serving a 15-month sentence. She was ordered to repay $55,660.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Jones' attack on her sentence and restitution amount.
Jones was among six people indicted in the scheme. Prosecutors say they stole the inmates' identities, created and filed federal income tax returns and had tax refunds deposited into their bank accounts. One of the six had access to inmates' records.