Brunswick couple sentenced to federal prison

Couple was charged with identity theft, fraud

Author: Nicholas Jones, Associate producer, njones@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 20 2013 04:42:34 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2013 04:46:50 PM EST
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -

A Brunswick couple was sentenced to federal prison after they were found guilty of identity theft and connected to a tax refund scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

Estella Wright was sentenced to four years and three months and her husband, Dorian D. Wright, was sentenced to 15 months.

The Department of Justice said the couple's sentences were handed down in connection to their involvement in a tax refund scheme and Estella Wright's conviction on seven counts of aggravated identity theft.

The Justice Department said the court ordered both to pay $210,737.97 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $1,500 to an identity theft victim.

Court documents say from September 2007 through 2008, Estella Wright stole the IDs from people she worked with during her time at a temporary staffing agency, according to the DOJ. The Justice Department also said Wright provided those identifications to her co-conspirators to fraudulently file tax returns.

The DOJ said the tax returns caused a total of $816,384 to be deposited into Dorian and Estella Wright's bank accounts.

Both pleaded guilty to the charges.