Phenix City woman charged in military Identity theft


A Phenix City woman is now facing charges after being accused of stealing soldiers' identities while working at the Fort Benning hospital in Georgia.Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say Tracy Mitchell is charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. They say Mitchell had access to the military personnel's personal information, including soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mitchell is also accused of using those identities to file false tax returns. Prosecutors say she filed more than 1,000 tax returns and claimed more than $2.2 million in tax refunds. Federal agents reported finding more than $300,000 in a safe in her Phenix City home.Her attorney, Dwayne Brown of Montgomery, said she's presumed innocent and people should reserve judgment.U.S. Attorney George Beck says wire fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years and aggravated identity theft has a mandatory two-year sentence.