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Last defendants convicted in Statesboro identity theft & tax fraud scheme

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The final 3 defendants in a stolen identity and tax fraud scheme centered in Statesboro have been convicted.  Porsche Pinkney, Tidaesha Taylor and Gregory Smith pled guilty last week in front of United States District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield. 

The case has 13 defendants total and federal charges range from conspiracy to defraud the IRS to identity theft from medical records.  According to the evidence presented during the hearings, the participants obtained names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers to prepare and submit fraudulent tax returns to obtain tax refunds.

The 3 defendants who pled guilty last week were the last to be convicted of the 13 defendants originally charged in the scheme.  Each of the defendants are listed as follows:

ERICA BALDWIN, 31, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on June 25, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

TRACY DENSON, 44, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on July 30, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records. 

SHAKITA EASON, 30, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on June 18, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.

YOLANDA EDMOND, 36, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on July 11, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.

GLORIA EVANS, 44, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on July 11, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

JOSHUA MINCEY, 20, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on June 25, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.

PORSCHE S. PINKNEY, 19, of Augusta, Georgia, pled guilty on August 21, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and misusing medical records.

DWAN SCOTT, 32, of Statesboro, Georgia, pled guilty on July 30, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

JENNA SCOTT, 28, of Jacksonville, Florida, pled guilty on July 30, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

GREGORY F. SMITH, JR., 21, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, pled guilty on August 21, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

ASHA K. SPAULDING, 37, of Claxton, Georgia, pled guilty on March 12, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

TIDAESHA V. TAYLOR, 27, of College Park, Georgia, pled guilty on August 21, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

ANDREA WEBB, 31, of Register, Georgia, pled guilty on June 5, 2013 to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

All defendants face a maximum penalty of twenty years imprisonment for the conspiracy charges, ten years for the charge of misusing medical records, and a two-year mandatory, consecutive prison sentence for aggravated identity theft.  Each of these charges also carries a fine of up to $250,000.  Sentencing dates have not yet been scheduled.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, "These convictions demonstrate the continuing commitment of the Department of Justice to protecting the identities and the privacy of medical records of American citizens.  This investigation is ongoing.  Our law enforcement partners will continue to track down identity thieves and bring them to justice."

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