Recent Powerball jackpots have broken records and have the potential to make individuals millionaires over night. The lottery is one way to make “free” money, but one Wesley Chapel woman has gone about it differently—by stealing identities.

According to the Associated Press (AP), federal prosecutors charged Tania Henderson, 27, of Wesley Chapel, as being the ringleader of an identity theft ring on November 27. The same day, authorities executed a search warrant at her home, where they found cash, debit cards and identification information for several people.

AP reports that prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against Henderson, saying that 191 fraudulent tax returns for persons living and dead were filed from a computer in her home, totaling more than $1.5 million, which she was to split with her network of accomplices. Some of those refunds already had been paid.


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