Quentin Collick of Montgomery, Ala., and Deatrice Williams of Duluth, Ga., were recently sentenced to 85 and 51 months in prison, respectively, for their involvement in an identity theft tax fraud scheme.
As an employee of a debt collection company in Norcross, Ga., Williams had access to a database of names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of people who owed medical debts. She stole several people's information and provided it to Collick, her son-in-law.
Collick and a co-conspirator, Corey Thompson, then used the data to file fraudulent tax returns claiming refunds. Thompson, who worked as an installer for a cable company, filed the returns using his customers' Internet access.
Refunds that were placed on prepaid debit cards were intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service, but checks that were sent by the IRS were retrieved by Collick and cashed.
Collick and Williams were previously found guilty of conspiring to file false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Collick was also convicted on three counts of theft of public money.
Thompson previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
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