Two Tahlequah women were sentenced in federal court for making false statements.

Amanda Louise Ellis, 40, was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $89,324.78 restitution.

Julieann Logsdon, 33, was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

The charges against Ellis and Logsdon arose from an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The investigation was related to an Aug. 26, 2017, arson at Mail-Mart, a shipping business located at One Plaza South in Tahlequah. 

The information charging Ellis alleged that on Aug. 28, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Ellis made a false statement by stating she had received a phone call from a specific individual, although she knew the call had come from someone else. 

The indictment charging Logsdon alleged that on Aug. 29, 2017, Logsdon made a false statement by claiming she entered the MailMart and turned off the alarm, at a specific date and time.  Contrary to her statement, as Logsdon knew, she did not enter the MailMart and did not turn off the alarm at that time.

 “Federal law enforcement agents have difficult jobs," said U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester. "Their work is made even more difficult when people who have knowledge of a crime lie to agents in an effort to sabotage an investigation. Fortunately, during the course of this investigation it became apparent that Ellis and Logsdon had lied to investigators. As a result, they are being held accountable.”

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