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Woman Sentenced For Cashing Refund Check Of Dead Acquaintance

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Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - A St. Louis County woman faces up to 10 years in prison after police say she tried to cash a dead person’s tax refund check.

44-year-old Patrina Taylor has been charged with theft of government funds which carries a maximum sentence of a decade in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Police say Taylor tried to cash the $7,500 income tax refund check Tuesday in Creve Coeur. They say a third party was authorized to cash the check on behalf of the deceased and Taylor allegedly presented a fake driver’s license, claiming to be the third party.

The credit union alerted police of the fake ID and Taylor was arrested a short time later.

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