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Sep 23, 2011 6:23 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Woman sentenced in insurance murder fraud case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years for her involvement in an insurance scheme that led to a murder in 2004.
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Thursday sentenced Maria Samuels who pleaded guilty.
The scheme involved her brother and a murder-for-hire plot to cash in on a fraudulent life insurance policy on a cousin. Samuels also must serve two years of supervised release after prison.
At trial, Samuel's brother, David Samuels, and his accomplices, Jermaine Surtain and Charles Moss, were found guilty of a multi-count indictment. David Samuels, the ringleader of the operation, was sentenced to 75 years in prison and Surtain, who was accused of shooting the victim, was sentenced to 15 years. Moss got a 35-year sentence.

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