Debt Collection Employee and Son-in-Law Sent to Prison for Identity Theft Tax Scheme

Friday, December 27th, 2013 @ 9:21PM

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Quentin Collick of Montgomery, Ala., and Deatrice Williams of Duluth, Ga., were sentenced Nov. 1, 2013, to serve 85 and 51 months in prison, respectively, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck Jr. Collick and Williams were previously found guilty by a jury in the Middle District of Alabama of conspiring to file false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Collick was also convicted of three counts of theft of public funds. Corey Thompson, a co-conspirator, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 30 months in jail.

Based on evidence introduced at trial and court filings, Williams worked for a debt collection company located in Norcross, Ga.  As an employee, Williams had access to a database that stored names, social security numbers and dates of birth of individuals who owed medical debts. Williams stole the identities of a number of these individuals and provided the stolen information to Collick, her son-in-law.

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