Alabama residents Melinda Clayton and Alchico Grant were arraigned in the Middle District of Alabama for charges linked to a tax fraud and identity theft scheme.
A total of 21 charges were brought against the alleged conspirators, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Clayton was arrested in early April after authorities presented a search warrant for her home. Grant was indicted last December regarding another income tax scheme, but after a recent hearing with new information, he is no longer allowed to be on pretrial release.
Grant and Clayton are alleged to have received fraudulent tax refunds after using stolen identities. They filed multiple false returns and used prepaid cards and multiple bank accounts to receive the refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
If they are convicted, each could face a maximum of 189 years in federal prison, and a minimum of two years in jail. As with most tax fraud cases, Clayton and Grant will be forced to pay back the money earned in the scheme, as well as restitution and penalties.
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