- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted two women from Tangipahoa Parish on charges of filing false tax returns and using stolen identities.

Federal prosecutors announced the indictments on Friday of 40-year-old Alicia Washington and 47-year-old Jackie Chaney, both of Hammond.

In a news release, prosecutors said the women were charged with one count of a multi-prong conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of public money, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. They also face five counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Washington was arrested Thursday and Chaney on Friday.

They allegedly conspired with others to prepare false tax returns using stolen identities. They also allegedly cashed in tax refunds in the scheme.

They face long prison sentences if convicted.

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