A Tickfaw woman convicted of identity theft and tax crimes was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten reported.

Tarshia McGary, 31, falsified Social Security numbers and dates of birth in order to file fraudulent tax returns, Letten said in a news release from his New Orleans office.

McGary received the stolen identities from people who stole documents containing the identities from an office building being cleaned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the news release said.

McGary and the others would inflate income and add false dependants on the false returns in order to increase the refunds, the news release said.

McGary then opened prepaid debit card accounts through which the refunds could be deposited and spent, the news release said.

McGary was arrested after an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, the news release said.