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Racine Police DepartmentA woman is facing felony counts of identity theft and theft after she used other people’s names to file taxes and then had the money sent to her bank account, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Michelle Stevens, 45, of Milwaukee, for three counts of identify theft and two counts of theft on Wednesday. If convicted, Stevens faces up to 30 years in prison and/or fined up to $50,000.

Stevens was expected in court on Wednesday, but was not there so a bench warrant has been issued against her.

According to the criminal, a Racine woman met Stevens when she filed her taxes at the Liberty Tax office, 1504 State St. The woman didn’t have any problems filing her taxes there. But in 2014, when the woman filed her taxes at H&R Block, she was told that her taxes were already filed and her tax return money had already been issued. The woman reported to the Racine Police Department that Stevens had fraudulently filed the return under her name and received a $7,216 refund, using her two children’s names and her social security number.

Another woman had filed a report with the Racine Police Department back in 2013 that she asked Stevens to help her file her 2012 taxes on Feb. 2, 2013 and had given Stevens her credit card number for the taxes to be deposited into her account. But by March 8, the woman hadn’t gotten it and the IRS told her that the money had been deposited into another bank account, which belonged to Stevens.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.