By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – 46-year-old Belinda Brooks of Tampa has been arrested and accused of identity theft and income tax fraud.

According to a federal indictment, Brooks stole identities and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax records and then collect the returns.

Authorities say the identity thefts happened in 2008 and 2009.

Brooks faces 17 Federal counts.

If convicted, she could receive the maximum federal prison sentences for each of the counts which are: 10 years for theft of government property, two years consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft, five years for making a false claim, and 15 years for identity theft.

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