SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Antioch and Bay Point resident has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for conspiring to file false claims, a U.S. Attorney said.

Clexton Ward pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to file false claims, admitting that he participated in a scam to file false income tax returns, said Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.

By pleading guilty, Ward admitted he gathered and supplied names, personal identification information and bank accounts that were used to file the false returns, and that he had them deposited into various bank accounts he controlled with his co-conspirators, Haag said.

Ward will begin his sentence on May 5, Haag said.

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