LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Tequila Gordon after allegedly finding the personal tax information of 21 individuals in her possession.
Just before midnight on Wednesday, deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-75, near mile marker 117, after watching a Chevy Malibu with dark tinted windows driving erratically for several miles.
A K9 alerted to a smell of narcotics in the vehicle. During a search, deputies found multiple documents containing numerous individuals' personal information inside Gordon's purse. The documents included the victims' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, employment information and home addresses, in addition to their 2010 1040 IRS tax forms. Information was written on loose papers and folded inside of Gordon's purse, and appeared inconsistent with the filing system of a professional tax specialist. Detectives believed Gordon may have been fraudulently filing tax returns.
Detectives contacted some of the individuals listed on the papers, and found three were deceased, while others had not given Gordon permission to use their personal information.
Gordon was arrested on 21 charges of using another person's identity without their consent, and three charges of using the identification of the deceased.