Staten Island Woman Admits Role in Long-Running Tax Fraud Scheme

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    Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a Staten Island woman has pleaded guilty in one of the nation's largest stolen identity and tax refund fraud schemes.

    Elian Matlovsky pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Newark to a complaint charging her with conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of government property.

    Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Matlovsky admitted her role in a conspiracy to steal more than $65 million in fraudulent tax refunds that resulted in losses to the U.S. of more than $12 million.

    The U.S. attorney's office says the ring followed a common tactic in these fraud schemes in which the stolen identities of Puerto Rican citizens are used to create and file false federal tax forms to get refund checks.

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