Quentin Collick and Deatrice Williams of Montgomery, Ala., were recently found guilty of one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by filing fraudulent federal income tax returns, three counts of wire fraud, and three counts of aggravated identity theft for their involvement in a scheme to file false tax returns using stolen identities. Collick was also found guilty of three counts of theft of public money.
According to court filings, Williams worked for a debt collection company in Norcross, Ga., where he had access to the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of people who owed medical debts. He provided data taken from the company to Collick.
Collick and his co-conspirator, Corey Thompson, then filed false tax returns using the stolen data via Internet access hijacked by Thompson, who worked as an installer for a cable company. Thompson previously pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
"These criminals not only stole innocent people's identities, but used innocent victims' Internet service to continue this crime," U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., said in a statement. "Taking advantage of innocent victims will not be tolerated. Our office will continue to work to obtain justice for all victims."
Collick and Williams are currently awaiting sentencing. Collick faces up to 106 years in prison, and Williams faces up to 76 years