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A Florida Tax prepared has been sentenced to 75 months in prison, the same sentenced a co-conspirator drew in April, for their role in using stolen identities to seek more than $1.5 million in tax refunds. Rhonda Perry Gittens, of Pembroke Pines also must serve three years of supervised released and pay $794,444 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gittens owned and operated 2G, a tax preparation business, and G&G Check Cashing, a check cashing business, in Pembroke Pines. In January, she and co-conspirator Walther Wilson Godfrey, each pleaded guilty to one count of a multi-object conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit wire fraud and commit aggravated identity theft, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of access device fraud. He drew the same sentence.

The two were accused of filing more than 700 fraudulent tax returns between July 2009 and August 2014. The Department of Justice said they used IDs of living and dead persons to file for tax refunds for tax years 2009 and 2011. They recruited a co-conspirator, Marc Brown to utilize Filing Identification Numbers in his name for filing returns and also set up companies and bank accounts in his name for negotiating refund checks. Brown was sentenced to prison in January.

Godfrey and Gittens also possessed device-making equipment including an identification card printer, a credit card embosser, hologram stickers for driver's licenses and credit cards and blank credit cards.

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