Alabama loan company worker to serve prison time for role in tax refund fraud scheme

A Montgomery County woman was recently sentenced to serve 48 months in prison for her role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Wendy Huff, 32, pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.

This week U.S. District Judge Joel Dubina for the Middle District of Alabama also sentenced Huff to three years of supervised release and to pay $102,322 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Huff admitted to stealing personal information from customers at two loan companies where she worked in Montgomery between January 2013 and August 2015.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Huff then handed the information over to James Vernon Battle, 31.

Battle used that information to file over 335 returns claiming more than $400,000 in fraudulent refunds. Those refunds were directed to prepaid debit cards and U.S. Treasury checks, which were mailed to addresses in Montgomery, including Huff’s residence.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Battle also brought several U.S. Treasury tax refund checks to Huff’s workplace where she used her position to cash them. Huff returned half of the proceeds to Battle and kept the balance for herself.

Battle is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 31.


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