Gillette Woman Sentenced in Federal Court for Wire Fraud and False Claims

A Gillette woman will serve almost three years in prison after being sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Gillette Woman Sentenced

According to information from IRS Criminal Investigation, Alexa Kinney received a sentence of 33 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud, using an unauthorized access device, and making false claims to the Internal Revenue Service. Kinney was also ordered to pay $172,400 in restitution. According to court documents, in less than a one-year period, Kinney created three separate schemes to defraud others for her own benefit. The schemes included obtaining funds from an investor using fraudulent investment opportunities, using another individual’s credit card without their authorization, and submitting a false statement to the IRS to claim an Economic Impact Payment Kinney was not entitled to.

Kinney knowingly attempted to obtain $165,000 from an investor under false pretenses by stating the investment would mature to $280,000 in approximately two months. Kinney never invested the money as claimed, and instead used the money for personal expenses and to pay off creditors. In another instance, she obtained a credit card for payment for legal services she was to provide and used the victim’s account for personal expenses. Finally, Kinney made false statements to the IRS in an attempt to receive Economic Impact Payments which she was not eligible to receive. In her EIP refund request she claimed she was not required to file a tax return for 2019 because her gross income for the year was less than $12,200, when she received at least $165,000 in taxable income that year from the earlier scheme. The case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation and the Cheyenne Police Department.



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