- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 43-year-old Hammond woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement in a stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a news release federal Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced Angela Chaney Tuesday to the prison time to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Zainey also sentenced 40-year-old Craig Lewis, of Hammond, to serve three years of probation for his participation in the scheme.

Earlier this year, the news release says Chaney and Lewis each pleaded guilty to one count of a multi-object conspiracy to defraud the federal government and to commit theft of public money and mail fraud. Chaney additionally pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft.

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