9 women arrested for stealing identities of soldiers

Scales of justice and jail

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Nine women could spend a few decades in prison if they’re convicted of stealing the identities of soldiers. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrests in Montgomery Thursday.

Investigators say the women stole the identities of U.S. soldiers to file tax returns claiming more than $20 million. U.S. Attorney George Beck says it’s sad that soldiers defending the United States of America overseas were robbed by fellow Americans.

“It’s unfortunate. Family fraud rings are a common thing, to help steal identities. They work in certain specific locations, they gather information, pass it on to another family member who then passes it on to another family member who ultimately uses it to file false tax returns,” Beck said.

Investigators say one of the defendants worked at Fort Benning.

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