Montgomery mail carrier convicted of tax fraud


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former mail carrier from Montgomery has been convicted of multiple charges involving tax refund fraud using stolen identities.

Federal prosecutors say former carrier Vernon Harrison was part of a conspiracy that used stolen identities to file false tax returns. The fraudulent refunds were issued as debit cards that were mailed to addresses on Harrison's postal route in Montgomery. Prosecutors said Harrison received cash for stealing the debit cards from the mail and providing them to a co-conspirator. They say he stole more than 100 debit cards.

A jury convicted him Wednesday of conspiracy, mail fraud, identify theft and embezzlement. He could be sentenced to up to 216 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller has not set a sentencing date.

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