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US Attorney: 6 indicted in tax fraud scheme

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal grand jury has indicted six people for conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft.

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One of the indicted, 27-year-old Undra Stewart Franks of Little Rock, Ark., pleaded not guilty to the charges last month and was released pending trial. Johnson says the other five have been arrested and will make their first court appearance in Sioux Falls in early March.

The indictment says the people conspired to defraud by using names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth stolen from others to file fraudulent income tax returns that claimed false income tax refunds.

The investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service with assistance from the Moorhead, Minn., police department and the U.S. Secret Service.

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