Buckeye woman pleads guilty to identity theft

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The U.S. attorney's office says a Buckeye woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit false claims, wire fraud and  aggravated identity theft involving a tax credit scam.
 
An indictment alleged 34-year-old Latricia Williams and two others hatched a scheme to get fraudulent tax refunds by using stolen identities of disabled individuals and by falsely claiming tax credits under the First Time Home Buyer Credit program.
 
As part of her guilty plea, Williams admitted that she and two others used the stolen identities to file 180 tax returns to falsely claim more than $1 million in tax refunds.
 
Williams also admitted that they concealed their fraud by filing tax returns electronically using unsecured wireless networks and then directed the refunds to prepaid debit card accounts.
 
Williams faces a possible five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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