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Former IRS employee gets 42-month prison sentence

A former IRS employee in Covington has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for helping steal $55,000 in money orders from taxpayers, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release Wednesday.

Joseph Ligon, 31, received the sentence after a two-day hearing during which U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves granted a motion to issue a sentence beyond the recommended guideline of 27 to 33 months.

The release said Reeves increased Ligon's time in prison based on the number of victims affected by the scheme.

Ligon and co-defendant Lashon Weaver had pleaded guilty to stealing 28 money orders, but further investigation revealed the duo had stolen an additional 91 money orders, the release said.

Ligon and Weaver, who worked as mail clerks at an IRS service center, used other people to cash the stolen money orders, the release said.

Weaver's sentencing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 27.