Montgomery Woman Indicted for Stealing Identities from the Department of Human Resources
Montgomery, Alabama - Chiquita Smith, 22, of Montgomery, Alabama, was indicted last week for conspiring to steal identities in order to obtain cash from falsely filed tax returns, announced George L. Beck, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
According to the indictment, Smith was at one time an employee at Vinson Guard Service, Inc. During her employment at Vinson Guard Service, she was given a key to the entrance of the Department of Human Resources building. Smith and two other people used that key to go into the Department of Human Resources and steal names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of persons who received services from the State of Alabama, Department of Human Resources. Smith then turned over those names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth to a false tax preparer. This tax preparer used this stolen information to file false tax returns that generated tax refunds. The money from the tax refunds was illegally kept by the false tax preparer.
“My office will continue to work with the IRS to vigorously prosecute those people who steal an innocent person’s identity, just to file a false tax return and steal the tax refunds,” said U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck. “These criminals need to be punished for the harm they cause to the person whose identity is stolen and the harm they cause to U.S. taxpayers.”
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Smith faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison. She is also subject to fines and mandatory restitution if convicted.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Brent Woodall is prosecuting the case.
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