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Savannah man among 12 indicted on tax fraud charges

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah man and 11 other Georgia residents were indicted in connection with income tax refund.

An indictment was unsealed Tuesday in federal court. It's the result of a 14-month investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. 

From 2009 to 2011, they conspired to file at least 90 phony income tax returns using stolen identities, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. The phony tax returns sought IRS refunds totaled more than $500,000.

"These defendants are alleged to have systematically stolen the identities of others, all in an effort to steal from the United States taxpayers.  The United States Attorney's Office will hold identity thieves and fraudsters accountable, and will make sure that the only identity they'll be able to use will be the one stitched on their prison jumpsuit," said U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver in a statement.

The 12 defendants named in the indictment:

Angela Williamham, 40, Hephzibah

Santana Willingham, 23, Hephzibah

James Butler, 21, Hephzibah

Dentavia McNair, 23, Augusta

Brittney Wright, 25, Evans

Janice Smalley, 47, Augusta

Patrice Roberson, 36, Waynesboro

Cheryl Willingham, 37, Augusta

Matthew Harrington, 45, Savannah

Santrece Willingham, 22, Hephzibah

Lasandra Whitefield, 42, Waynesboro

Kelly Barton, 35, Augusta

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