EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A Missouri woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for aiding her son in a tax-fraud scheme while he was in federal prison.
Sixty-two-year-old Barbara Singletary of O'Fallon, Mo., also was ordered Friday in East St. Louis to spend six months on post-prison house arrest. She pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy.
Authorities say Singletary helped Michael Chaney file nearly 40 bogus state tax returns for inmates and others claiming $152,000 in refunds.
Singletary opened multiple bank accounts to receive the money and acted as the power of attorney for several inmates, using her share on personal expenses and for prison items for her son.
Chaney got four and a half years in prison in the scheme and, like his mom, must pay $90,000 restitution.