• Ringleader arrested after allegedly stealing ID's to file fake tax returns


    CLERMONT, Fla. - Federal investigators said they raided the Clermont home of a woman who is accused of a multimillion-dollar tax return fraud scheme on Tuesday.

    Tanya Fox, 38, was arrested Tuesday after she was indicted by a federal grand jury. Fox faces a slew of charges in connection with an alleged tax return fraud scheme.

    Neighbors looked on as investigators took evidence out of the 38-year-old's home on Skyridge Road in Clermont. Even furniture was removed and hauled away as evidence in what authorities are calling a massive identity theft case.

    "All of the sudden I was like, 'Oh my God, what's going on?'" neighbor Grace Cruz said.

    According to federal authorities, Fox made millions by using stolen identities to file fake tax returns online. She allegedly had the tax return money deposited into bank accounts that were opened using fraudulent tax preparation business names.

    One of Fox's nine children, Shay May, denies the accusations against her mother.

    "That's not true though, I mean she had a legit job. I don't see a problem with having a job at a tax office," May said.

    But investigators said her job at "1 Man At Large Accounting" was anything but legitimate, and Fox is the ringleader in the massive scheme that involved two former Orange County Health Department employees.

    Earlier in 2014, authorities arrested Shanterica Smith, Gerald Williams and Delray Duncan for stealing the identities and providing them to Fox. Smith and Williams were Health Department employees and used their positions to obtain the identities. The trio was sentenced to several years in prison.

    May doesn't think the same will happen to her mother.

    "It ain't going to happen. You could build a case, but you got to have evidence though," May said.

    But investigative reports show the Internal Revenue Service believes it has enough evidence to convict Fox. She is charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government, five counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of theft of government property and 10 counts of aggravated identity theft.

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