On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, it was announced that a woman from Montgomery, Alabama had been sentenced to prison for her participation in a scheme to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns. 52-year-old Kidiamond Sharagnes Pearson was sentenced to 54 months in prison. Due to her job, Pearson was able to access the identifying information of individuals who applied for jobs with her employer. This information included names, Social Security numbers and dates of births.
The defendant stole paperwork containing the identifying information. Then, she gave the paperwork to a co-conspirator, James Vernon Battle. Battle used the stolen information to file fraudulent federal income tax returns claiming at least $400,000 in undue tax refunds. Pearson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Her co-conspirator, James Battle, was sentenced to 61 months in November of 2016. Additional details have been made available here.