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Wetumpka family headed to prison for $400K tax fraud scheme

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The Department of Justice Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama says three members of an Alabama family have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in an identity theft scheme.

Officials say Mary Lois Young, Christian Malone Young and Octavious Reeves, residents of Wetumpka, have been sentenced  for their involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Mary Young has been sentenced to serve 87 months, Christian Young to 70 months and Octavious reeves sentenced to 51 months in prison. Each of these sentences will be followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

According to court documents between January 2010 and June 2012 the Reeves and others obtained stolen identities from individuals and used those stolen identities to file false tax returns. The false tax returns were filed from the home of the Young's home. The conspirators directed the false tax refunds to prepaid debit cards in the names of the identity theft victims.

The co-conspirators in total received over $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. Reeves was ordered to pay $42,257.80 in restitution while Mary and Christian Young were ordered to pay $415,070,00.

The Youngs and Reeves previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft in November of 2013. They pleaded guilty in February 2013 to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Elmore County Sheriff's Department.  Trial Attorneys Michael Boteler, Charles Edgar, Jr., and Gregory Bailey of the Justice Department's Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown are prosecuting the case.

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