A former federal prison employee has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for
defrauding the families of inmates at the Beaumont federal prison complex. 43-year old
Tanya L Richard, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty this past June to conspiracy to commit wire
fraud. The charges stemmed from a six-year scheme that defrauded the relatives of inmates
by falsely representing that they could obtain reductions in their relatives sentences in exchange
for the payment of cash and wire transfers of funds.