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3 plead guilty to federal tax fraud charges

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Three people pleaded guilty last week in federal court in connection with stolen identity and tax fraud scheme that was based in Statesboro. 

Porshe S. Pinkney, 19, of Augusta; Tidaesha V. Taylor, 27, of College Park; and Gregory F. Smith Jr., of Stone Mountain, 21; pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 before U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield. They were part of a group of 10 others who were involved in conspiracy to defraud the IRS to identity theft from medical records.  

Names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers were illegally obtained and used to prepare and submit fraudulent tax returns in order to unlawfully obtain tax refunds, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.   

Pinkney pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

Smith pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

Taylor pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

"These convictions demonstrate the continuing commitment of the Department of Justice to protecting the identities and the privacy of medical records of American citizens.  This investigation is ongoing.  Our law enforcement partners will continue to track down identity thieves and bring them to justice," said U.S.  Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement. 

Erica Baldwin, 31, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on June 25, to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.  

Tracy Denson, 44, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on July 30 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.  

Shakita Eason, 30, of Statesboro, on June 18, to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

Yolanda Edmond, 36, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on July 11 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

Gloria Evans, 44, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on July 11 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

Joshua Mincey, 20, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on June 25 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

Dwan Scott, 32, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty on July 30, to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

Jenna Scott, 28, of Jacksonville, FL, pleaded guilty on July 30 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

Asha K. Spaulding, 37, of Claxton, pleaded guilty on March 12 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. 

Andrea Webb, 31, of Register, pleaded guilty on June 5 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. 

They face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charges; 10 years in prison for misusing medical records; and a two-year mandatory, consecutive prison sentence for aggravated identity theft.  Each of these charges also carries a fine of up to $250,000.  

Sentencing dates have not yet been scheduled.

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