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Monday, October 6, 2014

FORMER STATE OF ALABAMA EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING IDENTITIES FROM STATE DATA BASES

FROM:  U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Former Alabama State Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Identities from State Databases Used to Request over $7 Million in Tax Refunds

Today, Tamika Floyd pleaded 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 Refund Fraud Scheme (SIRF), announced Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ronald A. Cimino for the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.

According to the court documents, between 2006 and 2014, Floyd worked at the State of Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Human Resources, both located in Opelika, Alabama.  At both jobs, she had access to the identification information of individuals.   Beginning in 2012, Floyd was approached to obtain names from her employer that would be used to file false tax returns.  Floyd agreed to steal the names and in turn provided them to her co-conspirator.  Most of the names stolen belonged to teenagers.  Floyd’s co-conspirators used the names she provided to file more than 3,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns that claimed more than $7.5 million in refunds.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

The case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.  Trial Attorney Michael Boteler of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown for the Middle District of Alabama are prosecuting the case.