Wetumpka family members sentenced in identity theft schemePublished 12:43pm Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wetumpka’s Mary Lois Young and her husband Christian Malone Young and her son Octavious Reeves were all sentenced in federal court for their involvement in a stolen identity refund scheme which netted the family more than $400,000.
Mary Young was sentenced Thursday to 87 months, and her husband Christian Young was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
The two were also ordered to pay $415,070 in restitution.
Reeves was sentenced on Wednesday to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $42,257 in restitution.
The Youngs previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft in November 2013. Reeves pleaded guilty in February 2013 to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
Court documents reveal that between January 2010 and June 2012 the three family members and others obtained stolen identities and used those identities to file false tax returns.
The false returns were filed from the Youngs’ residence and had the prepaid debit card returns mailed to several addresses across Elmore County. The three family members then used the prepaid debit cards to withdraw the money.
After serving their jail sentences, all three family members will be placed on supervised release for three years.