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Jackson woman pleads guilty in ID fraud scheme

March 7, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by stealing personal information that was used to file false tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a news release that 38-year-old Marietta Harris entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. She will be sentenced May 15. Harris faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Harris and others stole personal identifying information, including names and social security numbers, from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County, the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and other locations.

Prosecutors say the information was used to file false tax returns claiming refunds. The refunds were then electronically deposited into various bank accounts in Mississippi belonging to Harris and others.

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