Nine women from Alabama and Georgia ran a huge identity theft ring across multiple states, and now they're paying the price. They stole over 7,000 identities and $20 million, but that's not even the worst part. Their victims included soldiers serving overseas in Afghanistan.
It was an immense scheme in which identities were stolen from a military base, the Alabama Department of Corrections and other Alabama agencies, tax businesses were registered with the IRS to file fraudulent tax claims and then an employee at a Wal-Mart money center was paid to cash the refund checks.
One of the women, Tracy Mitchell, worked at military hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia, and used her access their to steal personal information from soldiers. She plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims, one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The other defendants pleaded guilty to various charges, including conspiracy to file false claims and aggravated identity theft, and they can expect to spend a long time behind bars.
The defendants each face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count of conspiracy to file false claims, a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count, and a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for each aggravated identity theft count.