Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Two people have been indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office, charged with using victims' medical records to fraudulently apply and receive federal income tax returns.
Tuesday, 39-year-old Anthony Hopkins and 23-year-old Ashley Allen, both of Wichita, were each charged with conspiracy to submit false claims for income tax refunds, submitting false claims for income tax returns, aggravated identity theft and debit card fraud.
The indictment alleges that between January and March of this year, Hopkins and Allen obtained Wichita Clinic medical records that included personal information. They then used that information, without their victims' knowledge, to submit income tax returns.
Once the tax refunds were paid to pre-paid debit cards, the pair allegedly used the money to pay bills, make purchases and obtain cash.
If convicted, each face up to 10 years in federal prison for consipiracy, 5 years on the false claim charge, a mandatory 2 years consecutive to other sentences on the ID theft count and up to 20 years on the final charge. Each charge could also carry a fine up to $250,000.