Former State of Alabama Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Identities from State Databases
30-year-old Tamika Floyd a resident of Salem, Ala., pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft for her involvement in a Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme (SIRF), announced Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ronald A. Cimino of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.
According to court documents, between 2006 and 2014, Floyd worked at two different state agencies located in Opelika, Alabama. At both jobs, she had access to identification information for numerous individuals. Beginning in 2012, Floyd was approached about getting the names and other information of individuals from her employer to be used to file false tax returns. Floyd agreed to steal the names and then provide them to a co-conspirator. Most of the names stolen were of teenagers. Using the information provided by Floyd, her co-conspirators filed over 3,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns that claimed over $7.5 million in refunds.
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