- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Tangipahoa Parish residents have pleaded guilty in a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identities.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. says 37-year-old Corey Lewis and 40-year-old Craig Lewis pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of public money and mail fraud.

According to court documents, the scheme used people’s names and social security numbers to prepare false tax returns.

The Lewises are scheduled for sentencing Sept. 22. Each faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count. Corey Lewis also faces a mandatory minimum of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft. They also face more potential fines, forfeiture and restitution.

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