Two Metro Detroit rappers have been charged with stealing more than $5 million from the United States IRS in an elaborate tax scheme where the women claimed withholdings and refunds of more than $13.6 million from 2013 to 2017.

Sameerah Marrel of Detroit and Noelle Brown of Romulus were both charged with aggravated identity theft, false claims, and conspiracy in an IRS complaint that was unsealed this week.

The duo performed as the female rap group “Deuces Wild” under stage names Creme (Marrel) and Brown.

The special agent investigating the case, Tyler Goodnight, said that information from IRS‘s Scheme Development Center identified multiple false and fraudulent tax returns for estates and trusts set up under businesses filed between 2013 and 2017. Goodnight also said the women were involved in schemes to file tax returns for trusts using other people’s identities without their consent and would get other people involved and then have those people pay the women from the refunds issued.

In those returns, Goodnight said they claimed the IRS had withheld large amounts of income tax from the trusts filing the returns. 

All told, Goodnight said they falsely reported withholdings and claimed refunds of more than $13.6 million and that the IRS had…

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