Ga. Woman Indicted in Ala. Tax Fraud Scheme

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- US Attorney's officials say a Georgia woman and her son-in-law are being indicted in a scheme to fraudulently obtain tax refunds.

Authorities say Deatrice Smith Williams and her son in law Quentin Collick are charged with 13 counts of conspiracy to file false claims, theft of public funds, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Officials say Williams worked at a debt collection company in Georgia and funneled personal information to Collick. Authorities say Collick and his unidentified accomplices filed false returns in Alabama and cashed in fraudulent refund checks.

Authorities say the two face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count and mandatory 2-year sentences for aggravated identity theft. Officials say Collick also faces up to 10 years for each theft of public funds count.

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