Kimberly Pittman smiled to family members in U.S. District Court on Friday as federal marshals led her away after Chief Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced her to six years in prison for tax and bank fraud.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Davidson said Ms. Pittman, 39, pleaded guilty March 3, 2005, to 15 counts of tax fraud for making multiple fraudulent income tax claims that resulted in IRS refunds of about $290,000. Ms. Pittman created fraudulent W-2 forms for homeless persons and dependents who did not exist, Ms. Davidson said.
On Dec. 15, 2005, Ms. Pittman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for selling SunTrust Bank check routing numbers that were used to print fake checks in the name of the Homeschoolers Association and Checkerboard Moving Co.
The fraudulent checks, which drew from a Chattanooga Housing Authority account, were cashed at several stores in Hamilton County including Winn-Dixie, Food Lion and Wal-Mart, records show.