The final two plaintiffs, Tidaesha Taylor, 27, and Gregory Smith JR., 21, were sentenced before United States District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield in Statesboro on March 5th for their roles in a stolen identity and tax fraud scheme in Statesboro.
The group were convicted and sentenced for conspiring to steal identities and submit false tax returns, costing taxpayers more than $1 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
In 2013, Taylor and Smith, along with 11 others, were indicted on charges ranging from a conspiracy to defraud the IRS to identity theft.
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. All parties involved were sentenced in this case for prison time ranging from the minimum of 3 years, 3 months to the maximum sentence of 12 years, 8 months.
View each of the 13 defendants and their sentences below:
Erica Baldwin, 31, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Jan. 7 to 81 months in prison.
Tracy Denson, 44, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Feb. 13 to 100 months in prison.
Shakita Eason, 30, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Jan. 7 to 104 months in prison.
Yolanda Edmond, 36, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Oct. 8, 2013, to 32 months in prison.
Gloria Evans, 44, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Oct. 8, 2013, to 39 months in prison.
Joshua Mincey, 20, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Jan. 7 to 48 months in prison.
Porsche S. Pinkney, 19, of Augusta, was sentenced on Jan. 14 to 65 months in prison.
Dwan Scott, 32, of Statesboro, was sentenced on Jan. 14 to 72 months in prison.
Jenna Scott, 28, of Jacksonville, Fla., was sentenced on Jan. 23 to 75 months in prison.
Asha K. Spaulding, 37, of Claxton, was sentenced on Oct. 8, 2013, to 154 months in prison.
Andrea Webb, 31, of Register, was sentenced on Jan. 7 to 75 months in prison.