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Sacramento women accused of Turbo Tax filing scheme
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Right in the midst of tax season, federal prosecutors announced the arrest Monday of three Sacramento women on suspicion of filing fraudulent tax returns in the amount of more than $1,366,427.

The investigation found more than 280 false tax returns, numerous victims and an actual paid IRS loss of approximately $962,079, said Lauren Horwood, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California.

Taken into custody were Nadiyah Muhammad Woods, 33; Nakia Renee Vaughn, 26; and Tomisha Lee McKinnie, 24. According to court documents, the three are alleged to have conspired to use Turbo Tax tax preparation and return filing software to obtain Green Dot debit cards loaded with the tax return funds of taxpayer victims.

Prosecutors charge Woods with 15 counts of filing false tax returns, 20 counts of mail fraud and eight counts of aggravated identity theft. Vaughn faces five counts of filing false tax returns, 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Horwood said both women were on probation for unrelated state charges. Vaughn was denied bail and Woods was turned over to state custody pending further federal court bail proceedings.

McKinnie's first court appearance was set for Tuesday.

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