Georgia woman 1st to plead in massive tax fraud

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Updated: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:16:10 EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia woman has become the first person to plead guilty in a massive tax fraud case involving $20 million in tax returns.

Twenty-four-year-old Patrice Taylor of Midland, Georgia, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the federal government. She entered her plea in federal court in Montgomery, Alabama.

She was one of 10 people charged in May in a tax fraud scheme that U.S. Attorney General Beck said was the largest ever in central Alabama.

Taylor admitted she stole about 375 identities from a credit calling center where she worked in Columbus, Georgia, and supplied them to another defendant to file false tax returns seeking nearly $190,000.

No sentencing date has been set. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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