Since the probe began last year a total of 56 have been arrested and two more suspects are being sought.
United States Attorney Edward Tarver said 15 additional defendants have been charged in the large scale identity theft and tax fraud scheme. They were identified in federal indictments release Thursday. Thirteen of them have been arrested. Still at large are 29 year old Santana Lundy of Statesboro and 32 year old Katrina Beasley of Claxton.
Edwards said the defendants are among others involved in a identity theft and tax fraud rings in Statesboro and the surrounding area who used stolen identities to file fraudulent tax forms to illegally receive tax returns.
Statesboro Director of Public Safety Wendell Turner said the Statesboro Police Department is proud to be part of the investigation and over the course of several years keeping the pressure on those who would defraud citizens' tax dollars will hopefully send the message that they will be arrested and prosecuted. He said he was thankful for the partnership with local and federal authorities.
The investigation is a joint effort conducted by Statesboro Police Detective Sergeant James Winskey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshal's Service, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, the Georgia State Probation Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Claxton Police Department, the Evans County Sheriff's Office and the Swainsboro Police Department.