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Thomaston Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing $100,000 in False Tax Returns

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Updated: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 05:03:04 EST

A Thomaston woman pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that she stole people's identities and used them to file false income tax returns that resulted in the government paying her more than $100,000.

Edna Yvonne Orr Goff, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false federal tax returns and aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell.

According to U.S. Attorney Michael Moore's office, Goff admitted to illegally filing income tax returns using stolen taxpayers' personal identifying information, including names and Social Security numbers. The scheme resulted in the government issuing her more than $100,000 in refund checks.

"Filing false tax returns and identity theft causes a rippling effect of loss to all law-abiding citizens," Moore said. "Those committing these and other crimes will remain a focus of the Department of Justice."

Goff will be sentenced in early December. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. The identity theft charge carries a mandatory two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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