- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A Lawrence man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for collecting about $230,000 in tax refunds from the federal government to which he was not entitled.

In addition to a year and nine month behind bars, 41-year-old Wilson Santana was sentenced in federal court this week to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution.

Santana pleaded guilty in May to 34 counts of theft of public money.

Prosecutors say between November 2011 and March 2012, Santana provided a co-conspirator who works as a bank teller with 30 U.S. Treasury checks containing fraudulently obtained tax refunds. In exchange, the teller was paid a fee for each check.

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