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More suspects plead guilty in tax fraud ring in Statesboro

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Five people pleaded guilty last week in federal court as part of a large-scale tax fraud bust in Statesboro. 

Aleceia Lovett, Cierra Johnson, Kandice White, Danielle Clark and Sirbrina Bangs pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges related to a stolen identity and tax fraud scheme.

They're among 24 people who charged as part of a federal crime ring involving identity theft from medical records and a conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

The defendants illegally obtained personal information such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers that were then used to file fraudulent tax returns to get refund checks, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.  

On Sept. 19, 2012, agents searched several homes in and around Statesboro and seized computers and other records and arrested suspects weeks later. Those arrests are linked to the case a year ago.

Those not yet sentenced face up to 20 years in prison on charges of wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud, 10 years in prison on charges of access device fraud and misuse of medical records, five years in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit theft of public funds, and a 2-year mandatory, consecutive prison sentence for aggravated identity theft. Each of these charges carries a fine of up to $250,000.

"These cases demonstrate the continuing commitment of the United States Attorney's Office to protecting the privacy of medical records and the hard-earned money of honest taxpayers. This investigation is ongoing.  Our law enforcement partners will continue to track down these identity thieves and bring them to justice," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.

Sirbrina Bangs, 26, of Statesboro, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Dec. 5, 2013 to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Danielle Clark, 26, of Statesboro, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tameika Clark, 24, of Statesboro, was re-indicted on Dec. 3 with 26 counts of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and access device fraud. Her trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Cierra Johnson, 22, of Statesboro, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Aleceia Lovett, 29, of Statesboro, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Kandice White, 25, of Sylvania, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Dequillia Hill, 43, of Sylvania, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Richard Parker, 60, of Sylvania, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Devang Shah, 32, of Sylvania, was charged in September with conspiracy to commit theft of public funds. His guilty plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tacarro Morgan, 25, of Sylvania, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Eula Mae Rodriguez, 47, of Sylvania, was charged in September and pleaded guilty on Nov. 19 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Porsche S. Pinkney, 19, of Augusta, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Gregory F. Smith Jr., of Stone Mountain, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.  His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tidaesha V. Taylor, 27, of College Park, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Jenna Scott, 28, of Jacksonville, FL, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on July 30 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Dwan Scott, 32, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on July 30 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tracy Denson, 44, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on July 30 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.  Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Yolanda Edmond, 36, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on July 11 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records, and was sentenced on Oct. 8 to 32 months in prison.

Gloria Evans, 44, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on July 11 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced on Oct. 8, 2013 to 39 months in prison.

Erica Baldwin, 31, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on June 25 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Joshua Mincey, 20, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on June 25 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Shakita Eason, 30, of Statesboro, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on June 18 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Asha K. Spaulding, 37, of Claxton, was charged in March and pleaded guilty on March 12 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and was sentenced on Oct. 8 to 154 months in prison.

Andrea Webb, 31, of Register, GA, was charged in April and pleaded guilty on June 5 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Her sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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