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Fla. tax fraudster faces 351-year prison sentence

Tax Fraud
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-30 05:19:43-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida woman convicted in an identity theft and tax fraud ring faces a potential maximum prison sentence of 351 years behind bars.

Trial testimony showed that 36-year-old Alci Bonannee of Fort Lauderdale was the leader of a ring that filed some 2,000 fraudulent tax returns over a two-year period. Those fake returns sought about $11 million tax refunds, some of which was paid.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Bonannee obtained much of the personal information used in the returns from a nurse at a local hospital.

A jury convicted Bonannee of 33 separate counts including identity theft, wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government. B

Two others pleaded guilty and face maximum prison sentences of 10 and 12 years, respectively. Bonannee will likely get less than 351 years.