Fmr. Ft. Benning employee indicted for stealing military identit

Fmr. Ft. Benning employee indicted for stealing military identities, false tax returns

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WSFA) -

The Department of Justice and George L. Beck Jr, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, is announcing an indictment against a Phenix City woman accused of having involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Officials say Tracey Mitchell is charged with several counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, Mitchell worked at the military hospital in Fort Benning Georgia. As a hospital employee she had access to the identification data of military personnel including soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mitchell is accused of stealing those service member's identities and using them to file more than 1,000 false returns, claiming over $2.2 million from her home.

After executing a search warrant at Mitchell's home, federal agents found more than $300,000 in cash stored in a safe.

"Identity theft is a horrible crime, but stealing identities from those who are serving our country is absolutely deplorable," stated U.S. Attorney Beck.  "While the defendant is presumed innocent, my office will vigorously prosecute those who prey on our military."

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