Three Missourians entered a plea to felony fraud charges in a stimulus check scam Monday. The defendants were in court today, accused of using the names of dead people to file hundreds of fake COVID-19 stimulus claims.The identities of more than 200 people who have died within the last two years were used to file claims for federal stimulus checks. Most of the stolen identities received funeral services from two Kansas City funeral homes. Some claims were filed within a month of their deaths in spring of 2020. “The Social Security death database is something that we share across government for reasons just like this,” IRS Special Agent Tyler Hatcher said. Hatcher is an agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations in Kansas City. “The whole scheme of this was about a little over $430,000 of claims, and really, less than 10% went out, which is great,” Hatcher said. The indictment claims Warren Watkins, Marissa Jackson and Lamar Johnson submitted the claims online from their Kansas City home and created bank accounts and email addresses for the payout.Jackson appeared in court Monday. All three defendants have pleaded not guilty. The charges carry sentences ranging from two to 20 years in prison per count. “It’s our neighbors, and it’s the businesses that we frequent that have closed their doors to the pandemic. And if there’s any way we can help that by, you know, making sure the money goes to who it was intended to go for it. And then it’s helping…

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