Tracy Mitchell was sentenced to about 13 years in prison on Friday for her role in a stolen identity theft ring, which involved more than 1,000 stolen identities, 9,000 false tax returns, which claimed more than $24 million and resulted in about $9 million paid out by the IRS in fraudulent refunds.
“The amount of money involved (in this scheme) is mind boggling,” said U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose.
Mitchell, a Phenix City woman who was employed at the hospital at Fort Benning, was considered one of the ring leaders of the eight co-defendants who were also sentenced for this crime. She was responsible for stealing the identities of 99 soldiers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan when their identities were stolen.
Family of the victims wrote the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama, describing the effect of this crime.
“This news was devastating, to think that my 19-year-old son, who was defending the very freedom this country stands for, was wronged by one of those people he was willing to die for,” one mother wrote. Continue reading at the Montgomery Advertiser....
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