Ex-ALDOC workers sentenced in identity theft

Scott Johnson reports:

Two former Alabama Department of Corrections officers have been sentenced for their roles in a stolen identity tax refund scheme.

Bryant Thompson was sentenced to 120 months in prison, and Quincy Walton was sentenced to 84 months.

Thompson and Walton were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States in January 2014.

Thompson also was convicted of seven counts of wire fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft, while Walton also was convicted of one count of aggravated identity theft.

Thompson was assigned to the shift clerk position at a state prison, a position that gave him access to the personal identifying information to every inmate in the custody of the ALDOC, according to evidence that was introduced at trial.

Thompson and former co-worker Walton used that information to file false income tax returns, evidence showed.

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