Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Woman sent to prison for claiming tax refunds using identities of dead people

TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced a Tampa woman Wednesday to 15 months in prison for her role in a tax refund fraud scheme that cost the IRS $52,735.

Latosha Strong, 39, who faced up to 10 years in prison, was part of a plot that used the identities of at least 10 dead people to claim refunds based on the 2010 and 2011 tax years, according to court documents.

The money was directed to at least five bank accounts in Strong's name, records state, and she spent some of it at a casino. She had no record of legitimate income between 2008 and 2012.

U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. ordered her to pay restitution to the U.S. Treasury Department.

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