- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Hammond man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his involvement in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite and acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division said in a news release Tuesday that 37-year-old Corey Lewis pleaded guilty June 23 to aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and to commit mail fraud and theft of public money. U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced him to six years and three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Lewis and his co-defendants conspired to prepare and file false income tax returns using stolen identities, including the victims’ names and social security numbers, to claim large refunds.

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