- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area woman faces up to 85 years in prison for a tax scam and other financial fraud since 2005.

Cheryl Reed Johnson of Humble (UHM’-buhl) remained in custody Wednesday pending sentencing in two cases.

Johnson was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy to commit bank, mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Johnson was also convicted of making false statements to a bank and wire fraud.

Johnson was already in custody last November when she was indicted on charges related to using stolen Social Security numbers to secure loans.

She previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and making a false claim to the IRS. That case involves false first-time homebuyer credits on tax returns to get refunds.

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