- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the trial for nine people from east Alabama and west Georgia accused in a massive identity theft case.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins postponed the trial from Nov. 3 to April 13. He did it at the request of the defense and prosecution, which say they need more time to prepare.

The nine are accused of stealing IDs from the Alabama Department of Corrections, a credit card processing center in Columbus, Georgia, and the military hospital at Fort Benning. They are accused of using 7,000 stolen IDs to file $20 million in fraudulent tax returns. They have pleaded not guilty.

Their trial will be held in Opelika.

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