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Former FSU track team member charged in fraud scheme

Gavel
Posted at 6:47 PM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-06 15:56:16-04

A former member of the FSU track team is found guilty of theft of government funds, aggravated identity theft and false claims.

According to the Department of Justice, Teona Rodgers was on the track and field team at Florida State when she took part in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns. Numerous false returns were filed during the 2011 and 2012 tax seasons.

The scheme was uncovered in November of 2013 when 12 debit cards in other people's names were discovered in Rodgers' apartment.

Investigators from a Financial Crimes Taskforce also found notebooks with names, dates of birth, social security numbers and tax information for more than 150 people.

Rodgers' sentencing hearing is scheduled for August. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the government theft charges alone.