(WMC-TV) - Six women from Memphis are charged with 41 counts of fraud after investigators say they filed more than 800 false tax returns worth more than $1.3 million.
Melissa Harris, 35, Erin Crutcher, 27, Angela Jacocks, 40, Breunca Sutton, 28, Jennifer Freeman, 38, and Vivian Sholar, 34, were indicted for conspiracy to steal government funds, stealing government funds through filing false tax returns, and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, the women used identifying information of victims, including some high school students, to file false income tax returns claiming refunds. They reportedly filed more than 800 returns and directed more than $1.3 million into their own bank accounts.
Harris is charged with conspiracy, 20 counts of theft of government funds, and 20 counts of aggravated identity theft.
Crutcher, Jacocks, Sutton, Freeman, and Sholar are each charged with one count of conspiracy, four counts of theft of government funds, and four counts of aggravated identity theft.
The false tax filings occurred between August 2010 and July 2011.