- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his involvement in a scheme to file more than 250 fraudulent tax returns that claimed nearly $1.3 million in refunds.

Thirty-two-year-old Linus Davar Riggs was sentenced in federal court Monday. A second man involved in the scheme, 31-year-old Nowell Joshua Cousin, also of Houston, was sentenced earlier this month to nearly six years.

Both men pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to submit false federal claims. Cousin also was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say the men used personal information such as names and Social Security numbers to file the tax returns. The pair received nearly $545,000 in refunds before the scheme was discovered.

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