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South Euclid woman arrested on federal charges

(Cleveland) - A 33-count indictment was filed today charging a South Euclid woman with aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and bank fraud related to a $70,000 scheme.

Keauna Smith, 28, is accused of stealing the identities of 16 people between 2012 and 2104. She used these stolen identities to file 18 false tax claims of approximately $44,306.

Federal investigators claim Smith had the money loaded onto prepaid debit cards and then withdrew the money at various ATMs, according to the indictment.

Smith is also suspected of illegally obtaining approximately $26,300 this year by taking checks from her employer, making them payable to herself and then forging the owner’s signature on the checks.

Mike Tobin of the U.S. Attorney's Office says Smith faces 16 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of bank fraud.

Tobin tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James V. Moroney following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations.

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