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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Wetumpka couple has been found guilty on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft for their role in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud ("SIRF") scheme, announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.

Mary Young, 48, and Christian Young, 49, each pleaded guilty Monday to the charges against them.

Between January 2010 and June 2012, Mary Young, Christian Young, Octavious Reeves, and others obtained stolen identities from individuals and used those stolen identities to file false tax returns, court documents show. The false returns were filed from the Young's residence and the conspirators directed the unlawful refunds to prepaid debit cards in the names of the identity theft victims. Mary Young, Christian Young, and others then used the prepaid debit cards to withdraw the fraudulent proceeds. 

Court document show the scheme generated more than $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds which the Youngs used mostly to fund their gambling activities. The two lost more than $200,000 between 2010 and 2012 at casinos around Alabama.

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Mary Young and Christian Young both face a minimum sentence of two years and a maximum of twelve years in prison, along with three years of supervised release, restitution, and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the loss caused by the offense. 

Reeves previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on February 19, 2014.

INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. Justice Department

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