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  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (7/31/12)--Former state prison guard Kimberly Nakia Lewis, 32,  of Sneads, Fla., was sentenced Thursday to two years and one month for using inmates' names and Social Security numbers to file false tax returns claiming refunds. She allegedly provided the names and numbers to a co-defendant, Christopher Lamont Shorter, 34, of Quincy, who owned a tax service. Shorter was sentenced to seven years and two months (Associated Press via The Miami Herald July 27). Lewis and Shorter allegedly claimed $1.3 million in refunds for more than 120 inmates. Shorter had established accounts at the Tallahassee-Leon FCU, the Florida A&M University FCU, and Florida Commerce FCU and allegedly used the accounts to deposit tax refunds (WJHG.com July 27). When they became aware of the fraud, the credit unions proactively returned funds to the Internal Revenue Service. Lewis, who worked at Appalachee Correctional Institution, and Shorter pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud, filing false returns and identity theft. Shorter also pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Her was ordered to pay restitution to the federal government of $153,062, while Lewis was ordered to repay $7,295 …
  • MADISON, Wis. (7/31/12)--Dane County Habitat for Humanity in Madison, Wis., has named Valerie Johnson (formerly Valerie Breunig) as its new CEO.  Johnson most recently was executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for the World Council of Credit Unions for seven years. The foundation developed credit union programs that funded housing and community projects throughout the world.  Before joining WOCCU, she was the director of development for the Argonomic Science Foundation. She succeeds former Habitat CEO Perry Ecton, who stepped down in April to become executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (WKOW.com July 27) …


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