- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A third person has pleaded guilty in a Houston-based tax fraud scam that investigators say cost the government more than $2 million.

Federal prosecutors say the scheme involved electronic submission of tax returns and falsely claimed first-time home buyer credits that resulted in refunds.

Tarmera Rene Wyckoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and making a false claim to the IRS.

Cheryl Reed Johnson and Carey Jermaine Johnson earlier pleaded guilty to the same counts in the case going back to 2008 tax returns.

All three individuals await sentencing. Each could be sent to prison for up to 35 years.

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