4 Indicted In Northeast Ohio In Tax Fraud Scheme

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors in northeast Ohio say four people have been indicted on charges that they tried to use false names to collect nearly $2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland said Thursday the suspects recruited people to lend their names to the scheme, with a promise that they would share in the illegal proceeds. Names of others were used without their knowledge.

Named in the 11-count indictment were 47-year-old Kenneth White, 31-year-old Gwendolyn White, 47-year-old Lacardaire Thedford, and Lavelle Green, whose age was unavailable. Their attorney information wasn’t available Friday.

Prosecutors say Gwendolyn White, at the direction of Kenneth White, prepared 10 false tax returns for 2008 seeking nearly $2 million in refunds.

All are scheduled to appear in court June 27.

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