Pepper Pike woman accused of ID theft, tax fraud

A 45-year-old Pepper Pike woman is accused of claiming $467,000 in fraudulent tax refunds as a part of an identity theft scheme.

Ghana Johnson was indicted on one count of wire fraud, five counts of filing false claims for income tax refunds, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.

"This defendant stole identities from unsuspecting people and then tried to get rich off of taxpayers," said US Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

In 2010 and 2011, investigators say Johnson filed 106 false tax returns in the amount of nearly $500,000. Johnson used stolen identification to complete the returns, stealing records from a medical and dental assistant school in Cleveland.

The IRS and the Criminal Investigation Unit in Cleveland are investigating the case.

Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved.