- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 34-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison and ordered to repay nearly $26,000 she obtained through fraudulent income tax returns.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1QvRU9L) Ukisha Lashay Carter was sentenced to nine months in prison Thursday and ordered to repay the Internal Revenue Service.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also fined Carter $2,500.

Carter pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to the theft of federal funds from income tax returns she filed in 2008 and 2009 by stealing the personal identifying information of others.

Carter was an income-tax preparer who had used the names and Social Security numbers of others to file false tax claims in Gautier and Biloxi.

Carter was charged in a five-count indictment filed April 8, 2014. The remaining counts were dismissed as part of her plea.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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