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ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta woman has been sentenced in an identity theft scheme.

Officials say 55-year-old Cora Cadia Ford of Stone Mountain prepared fraudulent tax returns between 2007 and 2011 by using the names and social security numbers of the poor, homeless and disabled.

Authorities say Ford convinced victims to give their personal information so she could apply on their behalf for nonexistent government grant programs. Prosecutors say some of the identity theft victims saw their social security benefits temporarily reduced or eliminated.

Officials say Ford also operated a church, and told victims that tax returns she'd file on their behalf would be "a gift from God."

Ford has been sentenced to nine years and three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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