The five, four of whom are from Statesboro, face sentences of more than 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for their parts in schemes to use to stolen identity information to receive illegal income tax refunds. They are among 22 convicted in similar schemes this year.
Those who entered guilty pleas last week before U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield in Statesboro are:
Aleceia Lovett, 29, Cierra Johnson, 22, and Danielle Clark, 26, all of Statesboro, wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Sirbrina Bangs, 26, of Statesboro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds.
Kandice White, 25, of Sylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft.
A total of 24 people were charged with federal crimes for their participation in a federal tax fraud schemes operating in the Statesboro area.