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Postal worker indicted

A federal grand jury this month indicted a Georgia man for his alleged role in a stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy, the Justice Department announced.

A federal grand jury this month indicted a Georgia man for his alleged role in a stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy, the Justice Department announced.

According to the indictment in the case, the man—who worked for the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 as a mail carrier in Columbus, Ga.—during that time allegedly became involved in a stolen identity tax refund conspiracy.

DOJ said the man’s co-conspirators obtained stolen personal identification information from several sources and prepared and filed false federal income tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012. For his part, the mail carrier allegedly provided his co-conspirators with addresses on his postal route—some of which did not exist or were for vacant homes—to which fraudulently obtained tax refund checks could be mailed. The carrier then was paid a fee to divert the refund checks to his co-conspirators, according to DOJ.

If convicted, the man faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the conspiracy count, 20 years for each mail fraud count, five years for each theft of mail count, and two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, DOJ said. He also faces a forfeiture claim of about $924,000, as well as supervised release and monetary penalties.

The IRS, Secret Service, and USPS Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

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