NC woman accused of trying to defraud government

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Candida Mayo Figueroa

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal authorities are accusing a Charlotte woman of trying to defraud the government of more than $3.8 million.

The Charlotte Observer reported that documents filed in U.S. District Court name 40-year-old Candida Mayo Figueroa, who is charged with conspiracy to defraud the government. She remained in Mecklenburg jail Saturday, and it’s not known whether she has an attorney.

Officials said the U.S. Postal Service intercepted an “extraordinarily large” amount of mail from the U.S. Treasury Department that apparntly contained checks going to apartments close to one another in Charlotte.

The Postal Service alerted investigators because the names on the mail were people not known to get mail at those addresses.

Court documents say the fraudulent returns filed between January and June claimed refunds totaling $3,804,184.

Credit: The Associated Press.