Four Plead Guilty to Identity Theft, Tax Fraud

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Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. Attorney's Office officials say four people, including one from Alabama, have pleaded guilty to their involvement in an identity theft and tax fraud ring.

Christopher Edwards, of Eutaw, Ala., pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated identity theft.

Officials say Kelly Sue Lonas and Nyron Nelson, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

Shawn Brown, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities say the four used stolen personal information and fabricated wage and withholding information to prepare more than 1,000 fraudulent tax refunds, worth more than $5 million.

Officials say the four also established shell companies and bank accounts to launder the money.

Sentencing hearings are scheduled for September.