Ohio identity theft suspect faces federal charges

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Cleveland woman accused of stealing the identities of 16 people and filing false tax claims has been indicted in federal court.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Keauna Smith of South Euclid was indicted Tuesday on 16 counts each of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. She also faces one count of bank fraud.

A message seeking comment was left with her attorney's office Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege Smith stole identities between 2012 and this year and used those identities to file tax claims totaling more than $44,000. They say that money was loaded on prepaid debit cards and withdrawn at ATMs.

Prosecutors also say Smith took about $26,000 this year by forging checks from her employer.

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