Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that an Orange County woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for organized fraud, communications fraud, and money laundering. Irma Michelle Jackson-Stewart, CEO of IM Credit Solution and Grant Writer Consultant Inc., falsely claimed she could obtain government grants for businesses and individuals from grants.gov and charged people between $300 and $500 for her services, which were never rendered. More than 2,000 businesses and individuals were affected, totaling a loss of more than $330,000. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement led the investigation, and the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted the case.
“Charging businesses and individuals for services that were never rendered is deceptive and illegal,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I applaud the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and my Office of Statewide Prosecution for their commitment to stopping this illegal activity and putting this woman behind bars where she belongs.”
Jackson-Stewart was sentenced after having pleaded guilty to one count of organized fraud, a first-degree felony, 34 counts of communications fraud, third-degree felonies, and one count of money laundering, a first-degree felony. In addition to the prison sentence, Jackson-Stewart is required to serve 102 years probation, and she is ordered to pay restitution to those affected.