Baltimore, Maryland - A Maryland woman pleaded guilty to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2013, Stephanie Twyman was part of a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain tax refund checks by filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using the names and Social Security numbers of unemployed individuals. Once the refund checks in these individuals’ names were obtained, Twyman sent runners to cash the checks at a check cashing business in Clinton, Maryland, where co-conspirators worked as tellers. The runners brought the proceeds back to Twyman, who then paid the tellers for cashing the fraudulently obtained checks. The total tax loss resulting from Twyman’s fraudulent conduct is approximately $566,261.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 4, 2019. Twyman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the theft count and a mandatory two years in prison on the aggravated identity theft count, a term of supervised release, restitution, and a fine.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Hur thanked agents of the Department of Treasury, Office of Inspector General, and IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorney William Guappone and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Bernstein, who are prosecuting the case.