Arrest made in Federal Case - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Arrest made in Federal Case

Multiple suspects from East Alabama and Columbus are sentenced in a Federal I-D theft case that involved local soldiers losing millions of dollars, some during deployments to Afghanistan.

 The U-S Attorney for Alabama's Middle District says eight residents learned their fates Friday for their roles in a 24-million dollar identity theft and money laundering ring.

Tracy Mitchell, who worked at the hospital on Fort Benning, reportedly led the group and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Five other suspects are from Phenix City, one from Columbus and one from Midland each are now about to serve 12 to 65 months behind bars.

Prosecutors say the defendants obtained stolen identities from the U.S. Army and several Alabama State agencies to file more than nine-thousand false tax returns.

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