A former Girl Scout troop leader in the
Florida Panhandle is now serving ten years in federal prison for
using the children's identities to defraud the Internal Revenue
Holly Barnes of Pace pleaded guilty in October to multiple
counts of filing fictitious tax claims and identity theft.
Barnes created fake medical release forms for her troop members
and told their parents that she needed the girls' Social Security
numbers in case of an emergency. The scheme helped her claim more
than $87,000 in fraudulent tax refunds.
She's been sentenced to ten years in federal prison, but her
attorney says he will appeal. Barnes apologized to her former Girl
Scouts and their families at yesterday's sentencing hearing.
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