Columbus woman pleads guilty to tax fraud hears possible sentence

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus woman who pled guilty to fraudulently filing more than 180 tax returns in May 2015 has received her sentence.

Danielle Wallace, 36, pled guilty in court this week to stealing information from Blue Cross Blue Shield clients over the phone.

Wallace allegedly worked for the company and took customer's sensitive information over the phone. Officials say Wallace then used that information to file false tax returns from Jan. 1, 2014 to March 24, 2014. Wallace allegedly store $494,000.

Wallace faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both for the charges of wire fraud. For the aggravated identity theft, she faces a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, to be served consecutively to any additional sentence.

Wallace is also charged for filing false income tax return that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"Wallace took advantage of those who trusted her and came to her for help. She took advantage of her employer as well as using the information she obtained in her job to do this," U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said. "She then took advantage of the public by using this information to get income tax refunds to which she was not entitled."

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