- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a woman who helped file for more than $20 million in fraudulent tax returns has been sentenced to prison.

Officials say 24-year-old Talashia Hinton was sentenced Monday to 94 months in prison and is ordered to pay more than $7 million in restitution.

Authorities say Hinton worked with several others to gather personal information and file more than 8,000 fraudulent federal tax returns for 2012 and 2013. Officials say one of the women involved in the scheme stole personal information from a state of Alabama database.

Prosecutors say Hinton asked the IRS to pay the refunds by issuing U.S. Treasury checks or making direct deposits onto prepaid debit cards.

Prosecutors say Hinton’s three co-conspirators have already been sentenced to between 87 months and 15 years in prison.

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