Jackson woman pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud the US - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson woman pleads guilty to conspiring to defraud the US

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -


Marietta Harris, 38, of Jackson, pled guilty on Thursday to conspiring to defraud the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis.

Harris will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on May 15. She faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Harris and her co-conspirators defrauded the government by using personal identifying information, including names and social security numbers, which had been stolen from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility located in Rankin County, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and other locations.

The information was used to file false tax returns with the IRS which claimed the tax payers were owed a refund. The refunds were then electronically deposited into various bank accounts in Mississippi belonging to Harris and her co-conspirators.

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service investigated the case with assistance from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Mississippi Department of Revenue. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Lemon.

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