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Pasco woman gets 12 years in prison for tax fraud

The Associated Press
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A Pasco County woman was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for stealing identities of several people as part of a tax fraud scheme.

Tania Henderson, of Wesley Chapel, pleaded guilty in April to five federal counts. She was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Henderson stole the identities of more than 400 people - some of whom were dead - and filed fraudulent tax returns in their names. She used a network of relatives and friends to collect tax refund money.

In addition to the prison sentence, Henderson must pay $836,000 to the IRS.

Prosecutors said Henderson used some of the money to rent a luxury home in the Tampa Bay area filled with luxury items and electronics. She also bought a BMW and Jaguar sports cars, they said.

The case was prosecuted in Missouri because Henderson had refunds sent to her St. Louis area family and friends, prosecutors said. Henderson is a former St. Louis resident.

Three others involved in the scheme have been prosecuted and sentenced, and Henderson's husband, Dwayne Denard Johnson, of Wesley Chapel, has been indicted on similar charges.

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