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2 charged with stealing identities to get student loans

 ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Louisiana residents have been indicted for stealing identities of four people, including a soldier recovering in a military hospital from injuries suffered in Afghanistan, to fraudulently obtain $67,000 in federal student loans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, said in a news release that 31-year-old Ernest Taylor Jr. and 34-year-old Tracie Mixon, both of Hammond, Louisiana, were indicted Thursday. They are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, financial aid fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Taylor and Mixon used stolen information from the soldier and three people who were in prison, to apply for student loans from colleges in Virginia, Colorado, Oregon and South Dakota.