Posted Oct 30, 2013 01:10 pm CDT
A court clerk in Fulton County, Ga., has been accused of selling inmate data that was used to file fraudulent tax returns.
Rance Claude Hunter is accused of accessing and selling computer information about more than 1,000 inmates, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He is accused of selling the information to a former court employee, Dwayne Biggs, who is accused of reselling the information to a tax fraud ring, according to the Journal-Constitution and WSBTV.
The tax-fraud group is believed to have obtained more than $12.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds, according to the criminal complaint.
Investigators with the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office told WSBTV that they believe the tax fraud ring operated nationwide and there could be thousands of victims.
New safeguards limit access to inmate information, a spokesperson for the seriff’s office told the broadcast station.