- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Ten people, including nine from Florida, are pleading guilty to filing fake income tax refunds and fake food stamp applications.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova announced the guilty pleas on Friday. Canova’s office said in a statement that those involved in the conspiracy tried to receive $11.1 million in tax refunds. Three people used stolen identities to try to claim nearly $177,000 in food stamp benefits.

Three of those who pleaded guilty were from Tallahassee, two were from Quincy and three were from Tampa. Another person was from St. Petersburg, and one of those involved lived in Overland Park, Kansas.

The defendants could receive up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 10 years in prison for theft of government funds.

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