US in­dicts 10 for stolen iden­tity fraud

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

The US Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DoJ) said 10 people were in­dicted re­cently for their roles in a $20 mil­lion stolen iden­tity re­fund fraud con­spir­acy. The group – Tracy Mitchell, Dameisha Mitchell, Latasha Mitchell, Keisha Lanier, Tameka Hoskins, Sharon­dra John­son, Cyn­thia John­son, Me­quetta Snell-Quick, Talar­i­ous Paige and Pa­trice Tay­lor – used the stolen IDs to file 7,000 false tax re­turns – a crime the DoJ and the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice high­lighted this year as one they were go­ing af­ter with re­newed gusto.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, be­tween Jan­uary 2011 and De­cem­ber 2013, the de­fen­dants ran a large-scale iden­tity theft ring. The de­fen­dants ob­tained stolen iden­ti­ties from var­i­ous sources to be used in fil­ing false re­turns. Tracy Mitchell worked at the hospi­tal on Fort Ben­ning in Columbus, Ge­or­gia, where she had ac­cess to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion data of mil­i­tary per­son­nel, in­clud­ing soldiers who were de­ployed to Afghanistan. Mitchell and her daugh­ter, Latasha Mitchell, also ob­tained stolen iden­ti­ties from an Alabama state agency. Lanier ob­tained stolen iden­ti­ties from the Alabama Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions. Paige and Tay­lor worked in a call cen­tre for a Columbus com­pany and stole iden­ti­ties.

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