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Woman wants 7 year prison sentence vacated

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A 28-year-old Baton Rouge woman who admitted filing hundreds of false income tax returns is asking the federal judge who sent her to prison for nearly seven years to vacate the sentence and put her on home confinement.

Ashley D. Ricks-Stampley, who is serving her time at a federal prison in Bryan, Texas, contends the 81-month prison term U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick dealt her in March amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

She pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Ricks-Stampley filed 563 false federal returns claiming refunds totaling $733,685 and 56 false state returns claiming refunds totaling $14,625. He says she actually received more than $700,000.

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