- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Bastrop tax preparer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for filing fraudulent income tax returns using stolen identities and false information.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release Monday, said U.S. District Judge Robert G. James sentenced 41-year-old Claudia Mays to 39 months for one count of aiding and assisting in making and subscribing a false tax return, two counts of wire fraud, and two counts of identity theft.

She also was ordered to pay $94,043 restitution.

Finley says Mays prepared and filed 15 fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities and false information from January 2011 to April 2011. A co-conspirator, 53-year-old Carla Inzina, also of Bastrop, assisted Mays in the scheme and was sentenced to three years of probation.

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