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Jury convicts Iowa man of lying about car chase

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A jury has found a Cedar Rapids man guilty of lying to a federal investigator about his role in a car chase stemming from a student loan fraud scheme.

Jurors found 64-year-old Raymond Cortez guilty Tuesday of making a false statement to a U.S. Postal Inspector during a November 2007 interview.

Cortez was asked during the interview whether he was the driver of a black Hummer involved in a chase the prior month with a young man.

Prosecutors say passengers in the Hummer were chasing the man to retrieve a $3,300 federal student loan check, which they had fraudulently obtained. They say Cortez denied he was the driver, but evidence at trial proved otherwise.

Sentencing has not been set for Cortez, who faces up to five years in prison.

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