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Four people from Northeast Ohio have been indicted for attempting to use false identities, including those of prisoners, to file nearly $2 million in false tax returns, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.

"These defendants are charged with attempting to defraud the U.S. Treasury," Dettelbach said. "They tried to take advantage of others to enrich themselves."

Prosecutors say people were recruited to be used as claimants on false returns often with the promise of big refunds. In addition, two of the defendants allegedly obtained more names and other personal information to use on false returns including those serving time in prison.

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