A Wetumpka couple has been found guilty on one
count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of
identity theft for their role in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud ("SIRF")
scheme, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the
Middle District of Alabama.
Mary Young, 48, and Christian
Young, 49, each pleaded guilty Monday to the charges against them.
Between January 2010 and June 2012, Mary
Young, Christian Young, Octavious Reeves, and others obtained stolen identities
from individuals and used those stolen identities to file false tax
returns, court documents show. The false returns were filed
from the Young's residence and the conspirators directed the unlawful refunds
to prepaid debit cards in the names of the identity theft victims. Mary Young, Christian Young, and others then used
the prepaid debit cards to withdraw the fraudulent proceeds.
Court document show the scheme generated more than $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds which the Youngs used mostly to fund their gambling
activities. The two lost more than $200,000 between 2010 and 2012 at casinos around Alabama.
has not yet been scheduled.
Mary Young and Christian Young both face a minimum
sentence of two years and a maximum of twelve years in
prison, along with three
years of supervised release, restitution, and a maximum fine of $250,000 or
twice the loss caused by the offense.
previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on February 19, 2014.