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Final Defendants Sentenced in Statesboro Tax Fraud Scheme

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The department of Justice says 27-year-old Tideaesha Taylor and 21-year-old Gregory Smith  have been sentenced for their roles in a stolen identity and tax fraud scheme centered in Statesboro.

In total, 13 individuals were charged, convicted, and sentenced in the scheme to steal identities and submit false tax returns that cost the American taxpayers over $1 million in bogus tax refunds.

"In the midst of another tax season, cases like these demonstrate the substantial risks to the millions of honest tax filers of having their personal information stolen and fraudulently used.  The United States Attorney's Office will continue its efforts to protect the integrity of the federal income tax filing system and to prosecute those responsible for stealing the identities of legitimate taxpayers in order to deny them the refunds to which they are entitled," says United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver.

In 2013, Taylor and Smith, along with 11 others, were indicted on charges ranging from a conspiracy to defraud the IRS to identity theft.  The Department of Justice says, according to evidence presented during guilty plea and sentencing hearings, these schemers stole personal identifiers, such as names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, from medical records and other sources, which they then used to submit fraudulent tax returns in order to obtain tax refunds to which they were not entitled. 

Taylor and Smith were the last to be sentenced of the 13 defendants originally charged.  Each of the 13 defendants and their sentences are as follows: 

 ERICA BALDWIN, 31, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on January 7, 2014, to 81 months in prison.

TRACY DENSON, 44, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on February 13, 2014, to 100 months in prison.

SHAKITA EASON, 30, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on January 7, 2014, to 104 months in prison.

YOLANDA EDMOND, 36, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on October 8, 2013, to 32 months in prison

GLORIA EVANS, 44, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on October 8, 2013, to 39 months in prison.

JOSHUA MINCEY, 20, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on January 7, 2014, to 48 months in prison.

PORSCHE S. PINKNEY, 19, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced on January 14, 2014, to 65 months in prison.

DWAN SCOTT, 32, of Statesboro, Georgia, was sentenced on January 14, 2014, to 72 months in prison.

JENNA SCOTT, 28, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced on January 23, 2014, to 75 months in prison.

GREGORY F. SMITH, JR., 21, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced on March 5, 2014, to 95 months in prison.

ASHA K. SPAULDING, 37, of Claxton, Georgia, was sentenced on October 8, 2013, to 154 months in prison.

TIDAESHA V. TAYLOR, 27, of College Park, Georgia, was sentenced on March 5, 2014, to 75 months in prison.

ANDREA WEBB, 31, of Register, Georgia, was sentenced on January 7, 2014, to 75 months in prison.

FBI Special Agent Marcus Kirkland and IRS-CI Special Agent Gwen Weston led the investigation in this case.  They were assisted by the Statesboro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, and Region 5 of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lamont A. Belk prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. 

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