Florida Woman Charged With Leading ID Theft Ring Tied To Creve Coeur Case
Authorities say Tania Henderson is connected with larger scheme that included an attempt to deposit an IRS check at a Creve Coeur credit union in October.
The U.S. Attorney's Office Tuesday afternoon announced the arrest of Tania Henderson, a Florida woman authorities believe was in charge of "an extensive fraud and identity theft ring" with ties to a Creve Coeur woman arrested and charged with identity theft here last month.
According to a press release announcing the complaint, authorities accuse Henderson of filing nearly 200 fake tax returns from her home, totaling at least $1.4 million.
Federal officials believe Henderson used what they called "a network of cooperators" like Patrina Taylor, who last month was arrested and charged after she allegedly tried to deposit a check written to a third person on behalf of a deceased taxpayer. Authorities said both the third person and the taxpayer were dead.
Henderson could face five years in prison and up to a quarter million in fines if convicted of leading the identity theft ring.
Taylor had a preliminary hearing in St. Louis Federal court November 21 and is scheduled for another on Friday morning.