Former St. Louisan Tania Henderson was charged with running an ID theft ring
You may recall Patrina Taylor, the Creve Coeur woman who tried
to use a dead person's IRS tax refund check to take the cash for herself.
Well, the feds now believe she was merely one "cooperator" in a larger identity theft ring, run by a former St. Louisan living in the South.
Tania Henderson, a 27-year-old resident of Wesley Chapel, Florida, has been charged with conspiracy to steal government funds.
The feds say 191 bogus tax returns of identity theft victims -- some living, some dead -- have been filed from a computer at Henderson's home. All told, she'd attempted to embezzle $1.4 million, some of which she'd received.
When agents arrested Henderson at her home Tuesday morning, they found "cash, stored value cards, personal identification information of numerous individuals and cash transfer receipts."
Allegedly, Henderson would share some of the stolen funds with her network of co-conspirators in the field.
She faces a max of five years in prison and fines up to a quarter million dollars.