MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Six people were arraigned Wednesday for their involvement in an identity theft ring.
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama says members of the identity theft ring conspired to fraudulently obtain credit cards by diverting mail to a phony mailbox at a Montgomery post office.
A postal worker diverted mail, which included credit cards, to the dubious mail box and the suspects ran credit reports on victims before opening accounts in their names.
Officials say about $600,000 total was stolen from innocent victims.
The six who were arrested are from Alabama and Georgia, and are charged with identity theft, wire fraud and bank fraud.
They may be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and may have to pay a fine of up to $1 million.