- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman and her brother-in-law from New York have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to cash bogus tax refund checks that netted more than $1 million.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced 54-year-old Robert Evans, of Wallkill, New York, to two years’ probation and ordered him to pay more than $500,000 in restitution.

Evelyn Manzueta, of Springfield, was previously sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1.4 million in restitution.

Both pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

Prosecutors say between January 2012 and May 2013 Manzueta orchestrated the cashing of 236 phony tax refund checks by using the names and Social Security numbers of real people living in Puerto Rico, but falsely claiming they lived in Massachusetts and New York.

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