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Jackson woman sentenced in ID fraud scheme

April 10, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for 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 Marietta Harris was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. Wingate also ordered three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Harris, who pleaded guilty earlier to the charge, 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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