A Florida girl who stole identification info of greater than 2,300 folks has been sentenced to 3 years in jail and ordered to pay practically $340,000 in restitution to the federal authorities for bogus earnings tax refunds and pupil monetary support that she obtained.
U.S. District Choose Louis Sands sentenced 35-year-old April Thornton of Lake Alfred, Florida, on Thursday in Albany, Georgia. Thornton pleaded responsible in October to possession of greater than 15 unauthorized names and Social Safety numbers.
Thornton was indicted in 2018 on 22 counts of identification theft expenses after a sheriff’s deputy in south Georgia pulled her over and located a variety of private identification info together with debit playing cards, Social Safety numbers, monetary info and medical info.
Investigators discovered that Thornton had filed 202 false tax returns with the IRS between 2011 and 2013, receiving $217,738 in refunds. Investigators additionally found 32 pupil fraud victims from the names Thornton possessed, receiving $121,238 in fraudulent pupil loans. Investigators say Thornton possessed the identities of two,300 folks and was making an attempt to herald greater than $1.5 million in fraudulent proceeds.
As a part of the sentence, Thornton was ordered to repay the tax refunds to the IRS and the coed loan cash to the U.S. Division of Schooling. She was additionally ordered