Former FSU track athlete sentenced to more than 6 years

Teona Rodgers
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By: Associated Press
August 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A former FSU track and field athlete will spend more than six years in prison after she was convicted of using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney's office said that 28-year-old Teona Rodgers was sentenced Friday, and was also ordered to pay more than $151,000 in restitution.

Rodgers was on a track and field scholarship at Florida State University when she took part in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns for 2011 and 2012 by using other people's personal information.

Authorities said they discovered the scheme in 2013 when notebooks and debit cards in other people's names were found in an apartment she had vacated. The personal information was used to file 64 fraudulent returns seeking nearly $466,000 in refunds.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Florida State University track and field athlete has been convicted on multiple charges for her role in a tax fraud scheme.

The Department of Justice reports that Teona Rodgers, 27, was convicted Thursday of theft of government funds, possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, use of unauthorized access devices, aggravated identity theft, and false claims.

While on a track and field scholarship at FSU, Rodgers used other people's personal information to file fraudulent income tax returns for 2011 and 2012, the DOJ confirms.

The tax scheme was discovered in November 2013, when two notebooks and 12 debit cards in other people’s names were found in the Tallahassee apartment Rodgers had recently moved out of. Investigators discovered that the information contained in the notebooks was used to file 64 fraudulent tax returns, seeking a total of $465,948 in refunds.

Rodgers was arrested in connection to the scheme.

Rodgers is facing up to 15 years in prison for the use of unauthorized access devices count, 10 years for the theft of government funds and possession of unauthorized access devices counts, 5 years for the false claims count, and a consecutive 2 year sentence for aggravated identity theft.

Her sentencing is set for August 4th.

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