Miami-Dade police officer faces federal charges

IRS refund comes back to haunt 28-year-old police officer

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer, Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Ebony Nesbitt made the news June 2017 when she was injured in a crash in Miami Gardens during a chase involving a Haitian unlicensed driver with a criminal history. She recovered and returned to work, but on Thursday she was facing criminal charges herself.

The 28-year-old officer from North Miami appeared in federal court to face charges for crimes that she is accused of committing before joining the Miami-Dade Police Department, according to federal prosecutors. 

FBI agents and Internal Revenue Service investigators accuse Nesbitt of participating in a scheme to defraud the federal government five years ago. She allegedly opened a bank account to receive a fraudulent federal income tax refund Oct. 2, 2013, prosecutors said. 

Nesbitt is facing charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and theft of government money. If a jury finds her guilty of the charges, a federal judge can sentence her to up to 15 years in prison. 

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