Woman admits role in $12M tax refund scheme

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a Michigan woman has admitted her role in one of the nation’s largest and longest running stolen identity refund fraud schemes ever prosecuted.

Rosa Marmol, a 36-year-old Grand Rapids resident, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to defraud the United States and theft of government property. She entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Newark.

Marmol faces up to 15 years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 10.

Prosecutors say Marmol was involved in a ring that included dozens of individuals in New York and New Jersey.

The ring stole more than $12 million over several years by stealing the identities of Puerto Rican citizens. They used the information to create and file false federal tax forms to get refund checks.

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