- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy to file false claims and identity theft.

A statement from the U.S. Justice Department said Christian Rhodes of Raleigh pleaded guilty on Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison for the conspiracy charge and a minimum of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

Court documents and statements say Rhodes and other co-conspirators recruited individuals to provide personal information, which Rhodes and his co-conspirators used to prepare false federal individual income tax returns.

Rhodes also used stolen identities to file false claims for tax refunds to be deposited electronically into bank accounts that he controlled, as well as accounts in the names of and controlled by third-party taxpayers. The loss totals $3 million.

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