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Hammond woman pleads guilty to stealing identities, filing phony returns

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A Hammond woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a multi-year tax fraud scheme. 

Raven Hughes, 28, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Hughes would obtain the name and social security numbers of unsuspecting people and use that information without their knowledge to prepare false tax returns. 

The returns came with large tax refunds. Prosecutors say Hughes had the refunds sent to Post Office boxes across the state and had some of the refund checks deposited electronically into one of her four bank accounts.

Hughes filed 148 federal income tax returns in the names of at least 103 different individuals. Prosecutors say between 2009 and 2012 Hughes received approximately $199,050. 

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the mail fraud count. 

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