One refund wasn’t good enough for Amelia Studdard. She needed 26.
Using names and Social Security numbers she obtained from the Internet, Studdard filed 26 false federal income tax returns, requesting $165,263 total in fraudulent tax refunds.
Studdard, a 30-year-old from Cordove, Ala., deposited some of the fraudulent refunds directly into her account. She also asked day laborers working for her to open bank accounts and then cash the checks. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.