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Alabama State Employee Gets 3 Years in Prison for Identity Theft

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Chequlia Motley of Montgomery, Ala., was recently sentenced to 36 months in prison for stealing identities from state databases and selling them to co-conspirators.

Motley, a former employee of the Alabama State Employees' Insurance Board, accessed the personal information of more than 100 state workers and their family members, then provided the stolen data to co-conspirators Veronica Temple, Yolanda Moses and Barbara Murry.

Temple, Moses and Murry, who used the stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns requesting refunds from the IRS, were each previously sentenced to 57 months in prison.

Motley pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims and one count of aggravated identity theft in May of 2013. In addition to the prison sentence, she was ordered to pay $179,946 in restitution to the IRS.

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