In indictments unsealed this week, a federal grand jury accused a former collection agency worker and an accomplice with stealing debtors' personal information to defraud the federal government, according to the Justice Department.
Deatrice Smith Williams was accused in the indictment of stealing names and Social Security numbers of several consumers that she accessed while on the job with a collection agency that was not named.
She allegedly passed that information to her son-in-law, Quentin Collick, who used the names to file false tax returns from the Middle District of Alabama.
Collick then cashed several fraudulent federal refund checks.
Collick was indicted last August for his role in the conspiracy. Williams was arrested for her role in the conspiracy in November. The 13-count superseding indictment unsealed Monday charges both of them with aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to file false claims, theft of public funds and wire fraud.
They each face maximum potential sentences of 10 years in prison for the conspiracy count, up to 20 years for each wire fraud count and a mandatory 2-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft counts. Collick also faces up to 10 years for each theft of public funds count.