- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Phenix City woman has pleaded guilty to having a role in a tax fraud ring that operated in east Alabama and west Georgia.

Cynthia Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy. She admitted that while she was working for Walmart in Columbus, Georgia, she helped arrange the cashing of $5,047 in fraudulent tax refund checks.

She was among 10 people indicted in May on charges involving about 7,000 fraudulent returns using identities stolen in Alabama and Georgia. The tax returns sought $20 million in refunds. She will be sentenced later.

Seven other defendants in the case are scheduled for trial in April in Opelika.

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