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Anchorage woman gets prison for stealing mail, cashing checks

A 45-year-old Anchorage woman will serve 3 1/2 years in a federal prison after being convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The U.S. attorney's office says in a release that Elizabeth Ingalsbe was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Prosecutors say she was a member of a mail theft ring in Anchorage, cashing checks after they were stolen from mailboxes. The checks were altered to change the name of the payee and to increase the amount of the checks.

Authorities say the checks were usually made out for $100 or less but were altered to pay $900.

About 21 people and organizations were victimized; one check was intended as a donation to a veteran's memorial.

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