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Woman admits to stealing IDs, filing false returns

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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 10:54 AM by Russell Jones
Source: U. S. Attorney's Office

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Topics: baton, rouge, federal, district, court, pleaded, guilty, tax, return, stealing, identity, nursing, home, wbrz, louisiana

A third person has pleaded guilty to stealing personal information from nursing home patients in Louisiana and using it to file dozens of false tax returns.

42-year-old Levonne Stewart of Baton Rouge entered her plea in district court yesterday, and could face between two and 32 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.

U. S. Attorneys had accused Stewart of conspiring with others to steal information like social security numbers from several people, some of which included nursing home patients. They then used the information to file false state and federal tax returns.

Stewart admitted to filing thirty false returns and claiming almost $103,000 in refunds.

Two other people had already pleaded guilty for taking part in the scheme. Sheila Cage admitted to an intended loss of more than $1.18 million, and Clarissa Ayo admitted to claiming more than $136,000 in false tax refunds.

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