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A former Bank of America manager has pleaded guilty to taking part in a giant embezzlement scheme police say was run for several years out of the District tax office.

Walter Jones, 33, of Essex, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court here to conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.

According to the plea agreement, Jones became friends with Harriette Walters — the accused ringleader — in the mid-1990s. Between 2000 and 2006, Jones deposited 61 fraudulent D.C. checks worth $17.9 million. In return, he received at least $366,000 from Ms. Walters, the plea agreement states.

Federal prosecutors believe at least $20 million was stolen by D.C. tax officials who wrote and cashed phony property-tax refunds. Two other people have also pleaded guilty in the case. Ms. Walters and several others are awaiting trial.


Police identify victim in pond

Local police have released the name of a Mardela Springs man found dead over the weekend in Mitchell’s Pond in west Salisbury.

Police said difficulties contacting the family of 34-year-old Emmanuel Johnson caused his name to be withheld for several days.

Charging documents say Mr. Johnson’s body was found floating in the pond, about 15 feet offshore.

Sixteen-year-old Marquel Brumskin and a 15-year-old have been charged with second-degree murder. Brumskin is charged as an adult.

Police said the suspects were seen fighting with Mr. Johnson near the pond Saturday night.



Execution appeal goes to U.S. justices

Attorneys for a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for killing a Brunswick County convenience store owner asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution while justices consider reviewing the case.

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