- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans says a Hammond woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and identity theft in connection with a multi-year tax fraud scheme.

A Tuesday news release says 28-year-old Raven Hughes obtained names and social security numbers of unsuspecting people and used the information to prepare false tax returns and claim large tax refunds.

She had refund checks mailed to post office boxes around the state. She also had money transmitted electronically into bank accounts under her control. Prosecutors said the scheme got her nearly $200,000 from 148 tax returns.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for May 18. Hughes faces up to 20 years in prison.

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