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Ex-USD player's girlfriend sentenced in fraud case

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Ex-USD player's girlfriend sentenced in fraud case
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Florida woman involved in a fraud scheme headed by a former University of South Dakota football player has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Argus Leader reports 23-year-old Melissa Dinataly received the mandatory minimum sentence.

Authorities say Dinataly was dating former USD player Alphonso Valdez when she provided him with Social Security numbers that she collected as an employee of Universal Health Care. Valdez, Dinataly and 10 other people were involved in the plot.

The group used the numbers to file false tax returns with the intention of collecting the refunds.

The newspaper reports Dinataly collected 32 Social Security numbers from her employer. Twelve false returns were filed in 2011, and all but one of the fakes were caught by authorities before they got the money.

Associated Press