VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) —  Prosecutors in Valdosta say three people who admitted to filing approximately 984 fraudulent returns using stolen identities have each been sentence to more than five years in prison.

News outlets report 34-year-old Saferia Johnson, 51-year-old Leo McGill and 38-year-old Detrone Middleton were sentenced Wednesday for aggravated identity theft and for their involvement in a fraudulent income tax fraud scheme that sought more than $2 million in refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations determined the defendants were involved in a scheme, where fraudulent federal incomes tax returns were filed for tax years 2010 and 2011 and refunds were deposited into 45 separate bank accounts.

The defendants were also sentenced to jointly pay the IRS more than one million dollars in restitution.


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