Macon woman sentenced in identity theft scheme

A Macon woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in a identity theft scheme.

38-year-old Rhonda Everett plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraudulent claims, identity theft, and receiving stolen government property.

In 2012, Everett was caught in a sting operation and admitted to obtaining personal information from 35 people benefiting from services at the Salvation Army.

The identities were then sold to people who would use them to create fake W-2 forms and file false income tax returns to get money back in the form of debit cards and U.S. treasury checks.

Prosecutors and Everett agreed that the total amount of fraudulent refunds from the IRS were more than $23,000.

Everett was sentenced to 5 years probation, and will have to pay back the $23,723.77 in restitution.

Two other women, 32-year-old Yolanda Blount and Raquel Hogan have also plead guilty and will be sentenced in January.

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