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Identity theft, tax fraud suspects appear in court

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Nine of 20 suspects in an identity theft-tax fraud scheme wrapped up their first appearance in federal court on Thursday morning.

The suspects are accused in a host of fraud crimes in Bulloch County that range from getting credit or loans with other people's information to filing false tax returns.

During their arraignment, each suspect stood before the judge and plead not guilty to the charges. Some of the suspects are out on bond while others are still being held.

A few victims were in the courtroom as well.

"Emotionally, it has caused me to leave my home because I do not feel safe. I have gone somewhere where I feel safe. It has cost me so much financially, emotionally. It really has ruined my life. I hope they get what is coming to them," the victim told WTOC.

A federal investigation into the case was going on for months before their arrests.

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