Ten indicted in $20M tax fraud and identity theft case

Ten indicted in one of the largest tax fraud an identity theft cases in Alabama resulting in $20 million stolen.
Rebecca Burylo

The Middle District of Alabama’s U.S. Attorney’s office and the Internal Revenue Service announced ten indictments Thursday morning in one of the largest tax fraud and identity theft case in the area.

U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. said more than $20 million was stolen in fraudulent tax return claims along with the identities of more than 7,000 victims.

Tracy Mitchell, of Phenix City, Ala.; her daughters, Dameisha and Latasha Mitchell, Keisha Lanier, of Seale, Ala.; Sharondra Johnson, Mequetta Snell-Quick, Talarious Paige and Cynthia Johnson, of Phenix City, Ala.; Patrice Taylor of Midland, Ga. and a tenth unidentified suspect were indicted in connection with the identity theft and tax fraud ring.

Beck said the vast number of money stolen and the number of victims involved warranted the case as one of the largest of its kind spanning from Alabama into Georgia.

Of the victims involved about 1,000 were soldiers stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“To steal the identity of a soldier serving his or her country is the lowest form of thievery,” Beck said. “If a soldier serving his country is not safe from identity theft, then none of us are safe from this crime. We will continue our efforts to stamp out this crime.”

If convicted, the suspects in the case may face up to 10 years in prison on charges of conspiracy, 20 years in prison for each wire and mail fraud count, maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison for each access device fraud count and a mandatory two-year sentence for each aggravated identity theft.

Article source: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2014/05/22/montgomery-alabama-georgia-identity-theft-tax-fraud/9437923/

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