Fort Benning Employee Charged with $2.2 Million Identity Theft Scheme Targeting Soldiers

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Alabama resident Tracy Mitchell was recently charged with several counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for her alleged involvement in a $2.2 million stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme.

According to the indictment, as an employee at the hospital at Fort Benning, Mitchell had access to the personal information of military personnel, including soldiers who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

She allegedly leveraged that access to steal service members' personal data, then used it to file more than 1,000 fraudulent tax returns claiming over $2.2 million in refunds.

During a search of Mitchell's home, federal agents found more than $300,000 in cash stored in a safe.

"Identity theft is a horrible crime, but stealing identities from those who are serving our country is absolutely deplorable," U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., said in a statement. "While the defendant is presumed innocent, my office will vigorously prosecute those who prey on our military."