Salem woman pleads guilty to stealing identities

Salem woman pleads guilty to stealing identities

SALEM, AL (WTVM) - Tamika Floyd, 30, of Salem pleaded guilty Thursday 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.

According to court documents between 2006 and 2014, Floyd worked at the State of Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Human resources located in Opelika.

Beginning in 2012 she obtained names from her employer and turned them over to co-conspirators that filed 3,000 fraudulent tax returns claiming over $7.5 million.

A total of nine women were arrested this year for the role in this scheme.

Tracy Martin of Phenix City was the first to be caught in February.

She is accused of using her position at Martin Army Hospital on Fort Benning to obtain the social security numbers of soldiers, some of whom were currently overseas.

So how can you protect yourself from thieves?

  • Don't give a business your social security number just because they asked.
  • Check your credit report every 12 months.
  • Secure personal information at home.
  • Protect your personal computers by using firewalls or anti-span/virus software.
  • According to investigators, the ring filed over seven thousand false tax returns and claimed over twenty million dollars in refunds.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled for Tamika Floyd.

Tracy Mitchell has pleaded not guilty and has a trial set for April of 2015.

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