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Federal prosecutors: Two used others’ medical records to get tax refunds

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 5:21 p.m.

Federal prosecutors have accused two Wichita residents of using others’ medical records to falsely apply for and receive tax refunds.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom released Tuesday said prosecutors had charged Anthony Hopkins, 39, and Ashley Allen, 23, with one count of conspiracy to submit false claims for income tax refunds, one count of submitting false claims for income tax refunds, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of debit card fraud.

Hopkins and Allen are accused of using information from Wichita Clinic medical records to file income tax returns using the victims’ names. The refunds went to a pre-paid debit card, the news release said.

They face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the conspiracy count; a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the false claim count; a mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge; and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge.

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