A woman who helped a minister collect nearly a half-million dollars in fraudulent tax refunds was sentenced Wednesday to 54 months in prison.
Shonta Merriweather, 40, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy and testified in July against her former partner, Jesse J. Flournoy III.
A jury in U.S. District Court in Augusta convicted Flournoy of aggravated identity theft and tax fraud. He has not been sentenced yet.
Restitution in Merriweather’s case was set Wednesday at $455,112.