Former Alabama Hospital Employee Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft
A former Alabama hospital employee was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison today before the Honorable Judge Myron H. Thompson in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in connection with his role in committing stolen identity tax refund fraud, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek of the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.
Kamarian D. Millender was also ordered to pay $18,915 in restitution.
On July 8, 2014, Millender pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft. According to court documents, Millender worked as a lab technician at a medical facility in the Dothan, Alabama, area. He and others stole patient medical records that contained personal identification information, which Millender then used to file false tax returns in order to obtain fraudulent tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Millender’s actions aided in the filing of more than 100 false federal tax returns, which victimized approximately 73 individuals and attempted to defraud an estimated $536,028 from the IRS. The IRS was able to stop the vast majority of the falsely claimed refunds, but approximately $18,915 in refunds were issued.
This case was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Trial Attorneys Charles M. Edgar Jr. and Michael Boteler of the Tax Division are prosecuting the case.
More information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts can be found at the division website.