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An Alabama tax preparer has pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to obtain federal tax refunds. Marsha Elmore of Wetumpka, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count each of filing a false claim, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She had been indicated on 32 counts of tax-related crimes.

Elmore, who operated Community Tax, pleaded guilty to committing the crimes from 2009 until July 2011 when she was arrested. She obtained names, Social Security numbers and dates of births of other individuals that she used to file tax returns through her business. Refunds were directed to bank accounts and credit cards that she controlled. Elmore and her business were linked to almost 1,400 returns during this period.


She also faces s between two and 27 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, mandatory restitution and a fine of up to $750,000 or twice the loss caused by her offenses. Sentencing has not been set.

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