Five defendants from around the country have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie, Pa., on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a scheme in which the Internal Revenue Service paid out approximately $10 million in tax refunds.

According to indictment, the five defendants conspired to commit wire fraud by submitting fraudulent federal tax returns in the names of individuals whose identities the conspirators stole. They then opened bank accounts using other stolen identities and used the accounts as repositories for their fraudulently obtained federal tax refunds.

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