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Prosecutors: Woman pleads guilty in false tax refund scheme that netted more than $1 million


TRENTON, New Jersey — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey woman has admitted that she conspired to obtain more than $1 million through fraudulently generated tax refund checks.

Marie Poitevien recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal government funds. The 53-year-old Orange woman now faces up to five years in prison when she's sentenced Dec. 17.

Prosecutors say Poitevien participated in the scheme from October 2009 to June 2013.

They say the conspirators made fraudulent tax refund applications and had the refund checks sent to Poitevien's home. Poitevien deposited the checks into her personal bank account and withdrew the funds.

Poitevien admitted cashing 298 tax refund checks that totaled slightly more than $1.1 million. They were made payable to 139 different victims.

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