- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say three women who were part of a Birmingham area tax fraud ring have been sentenced to prison.

Authorities say 39-year-old Latoshia Hollis was sentenced to eight years in prison, 52-year-old Angela Bennett was sentenced to five years and three months and 33-year-old Kennethea Parks was sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors say the three each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government by filing false income tax returns and are collectively ordered to pay more than $234,200 in restitution.

Authorities say the women tried claiming $900,000 in stolen tax refund money during a two-year period by gathering personal information belonging to nearly 150 people and using it to file for the returns.

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