Former Ala. employee sentenced for stealing IDs


By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former state employee in Montgomery has received a sentence of seven years and 10 months for her role in a large identity theft case.


Former Department of Public Health employee Lea'Tice Phillips pleaded guilty in May to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. She was sentenced Monday in Montgomery. Her sentence includes paying nearly $568,000 in restitution.


Federal prosecutors said that while working for the health department's Bureau of Communicable Diseases from 2009 to 2012, she accessed a state database to obtain identifications and then emailed them to Antoinette Djonret of Montgomery.


Authorities say Djonret used the information to file false tax returns. She's serving 12 years for filing more than 1,000 false returns that claimed $1.7 million in fraudulent refunds.

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