Federal Way woman sentenced in aircraft fraud scheme

SEATTLE (AP) — A Federal Way woman who falsified documents in a fraud scheme designed to steal and sell aircraft was sentenced in federal court to four years, three months in prison. Prosecutors say Michelle Renee Hughes pleaded guilty to mail fraud and identity theft in April. She was sentenced Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez. According to court documents, Hughes sent forged bills of sale and falsely changed aircraft registrations in a public Federal Aviation Administration database. She made it look like she had bought the aircraft and then tried to sell them. She would try to get payments from unsuspecting buyers, documents said.