- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Six people have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud the government in Jacksonville federal court.

Federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment on Friday.

Five of the arrests were made Tuesday; the sixth was made on Friday. Four of those named in the indictment also face also face charges of theft of public money and aiding and abetting the theft of public money.

The indictment alleges that the six conspired with inmates to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. They received payments of false federal income tax refunds that ranged between $5,800 and $25,000, totaling $6.8 million.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. The theft of public money counts each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

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