Couple arrested, indicted on ID theft, fraud charges

Published On: Feb 21 2013 05:10:35 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A Brunswick, Ga., couple has been arrested and indicted on identity theft and fraud charges.

Estella and Dorian Wright are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of public money. Estella Wright is also charged with seven counts of aggravated identity theft.

The Wrights were both arrested Thursday in Brunswick. If convicted, Estella Wright faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and for each of the seven theft of public money charges. She faces two consecutive years imprisonment for the seven aggravated identity theft counts.

Dorian Wright, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and each of the two theft public money charges.

According to the indictment, between March 2007 and April 2010, the Wrights conspired with an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections to defraud the Internal Revenue Service through the filing of false federal income tax returns. The alleged conspiracy involved using the names, forged signatures and Social Security numbers of others.

The indictment further alleges that Estella Wright obtained the names and Social Security numbers through her employment at a temporary staffing agency.