TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)—It was a busy day in federal court Wednesday in Tallahassee where 7 people were sentenced for identity theft and tax fraud.
Federal investigators say about $3 million dollars was stolen in the sophisticated scheme. 9 people have been charged in this case, but only 7 were sentenced in court Wednesday. Two of the defendant’s court dates have been set for August 30th.
The defendants had been committing tax fraud and some of them also identity theft since around 2008 until they were caught in 2011. According to investigators, the tax fraud scheme cost the federal government $ 3 million dollars.
Some of the defendants stole identities of deceased individuals from ancestry.com. Tabitha Bass provided the ringleader of the operation with the names of the individuals from hospital records, in which she was fired from.
Loretta Glover, received the longest sentence for her participation in the operation. Glover is set to serve 9 years in federal prison. She owes the federal government over $700 thousand dollars. The rest of the 7, will serve between 2-5 years in federal prison.
IRS Investigators say this case shows that local police officers, federal and state law enforcement are all doing their jobs to crack down on identity theft.
Each of the 7 sentenced Wednesday are to report to prison on August 20, 2012. As for now they have 14 days to appeal the judge’s ruling.
7 Sentenced in Tax Fraud Scheme
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