State of Alabama Employee Pleads Guilty to Providing Names in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme
Montgomery, Alabama - On May 7, 2013, Chequila Motley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims and one count of aggravated identity theft for her role in an identity theft tax refund scheme, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
According to court documents, Motley was an employee of an Alabama state government agency and as part of her employment had access to databases containing personal identification information. In August 2011, Motley conspired with Veronica Temple and Yolanda Moses to provide them with means of identification for use in the filing of false tax returns in exchange for money.
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Motley faces between two and twelve years in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution, and a maximum fine of $750,000, or twice the loss caused by the offense. Veronica Temple and Yolanda Moses already pleaded guilty to various charges and each was sentenced to 57 months in prison.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial attorneys Jason H. Poole and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant United States Attorney Todd Brown are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax.
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