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Snellville woman sentenced in federal tax fraud case

ATLANTA -- A Snellville woman was sentenced to six years in federal prison Wednesday for using the identities of dead people to file hundreds of fraudulent tax returns.

Dalawni Hollomon, 42, pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, false claims and aggravated identity theft Feb. 28. The charges came from her filing of over 700 federal and state tax returns with the information of deceased people she obtained from data published from the U.S. Social Security Administration, a scheme that netted her almost $380,000.

Hollomon, despite her guilty plea, wasn't done yet.

The IRS received information in July that she had written $25,600 in checks for a pair of car loans in her name. The money turned out to be obtained through fraudulent tax returns, but Hollomon attempted to continue her lie -- finding a friend to pay a minister to write a letter to Ford Motor Credit claiming the checks were donations from members of her church.

Hollomon was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison to be followed by three years of probation. She was also ordered to pay $288,230 in restitution.