- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Attorney General’s office says four Atlanta women have pleaded guilty to trying to steal nearly $25,000 by filing fraudulent state tax returns.

Officials say the defendants entered their pleas this week in Fulton County Superior Court. Prosecutors say Kimberly Banks and Monique Bussey have pleaded guilty to racketeering and theft by taking. Brittany Banks and Shaneka Richards also pleaded guilty to theft by taking.

Prosecutors say the women filed tax returns on behalf of people who neither live nor work in Georgia without their knowledge or consent. The returns were mailed to the women’s addresses and deposited into one of their accounts.

A fifth woman from Jonesboro was also sentenced to a year in prison after she pleaded guilty in the case in mid-December.

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