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Florida man pleads guilty to charges in connection with stolen identity tax fraud scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2013

St. Louis, MO –DWAYNE DENARD JOHNSON, Wesley Chapel, Florida, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated identity theft for his role in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme lead by his wife Tania Henderson from their home in suburban Tampa.  Johnson is the fifth person involved in the scheme charged and convicted in the Eastern District of Missouri.

According to the plea agreement, Johnson admitted to helping his wife and others use the identities and social security numbers of hundreds of people to file phony tax returns and collect the refunds generated by those returns.   In all, the scheme has been found to have involved more than 400 stolen identities and generated more than $1.8 million dollars in refunds, about half of which was intercepted by the IRS before coming under the control of the fraudsters.

Johnson now faces a minimum of two years imprisonment and a maximum of four years imprisonment.  Additionally, restitution is mandatory. Sentencing has been set for November 26, 2013.

His wife, Tania Henderson, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was sentenced in July to 144 months in prison for her role in leading a stolen identity tax fraud scheme during 2012.   

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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