Dallas woman convicted in $1.2M identity theft and tax scam

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DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors say a Texas woman has been convicted in a $1.2 million tax scam using stolen identities to get refunds and then buying and shipping used cars to Nigeria.

LaTonya Carson of Dallas faces up to 191 years in prison in what officials say was a scheme since 2012. Some victims were in prison when their ID information was stolen.

Carson was convicted Tuesday of multiple counts of aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit theft of public funds, access device fraud and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Carson and others used the fraudulent tax refunds to purchase more than 200 luxury cars and ship them to Nigeria.

Two suspects remain at large. Another pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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