- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Concordia Parish couple has been sentenced to a year in prison apiece.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley in Alexandria said Thursday that 67-year-old Alfred Lewis and 64-year-old Rose Lewis were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. Prosecutors said they received more than $197,000 in illegal benefits over 10 years.

Prosecutors said Alfred Lewis had served in the Air Force. He applied for veterans benefits in July 2003. But he and his wife, Rose, claimed they were not working when, in fact, Rose Lewis was earning more than $50,000 annually in Mississippi.

Court records show that they entered a plea agreement in August.

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