- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield woman became the 11th person to plead guilty in a tax fraud scheme that netted nearly $340,000.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Claudia Dorsey entered the plea Monday to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the government.

A co-defendant, 43-year-old Cherie Dupius of Springfield, pleaded guilty in July to leading the scheme. She admitted that she and her co-conspirators filed fraudulent income tax refunds between 2009 and 2012.

Prosecutors say about $336,839 of the more than $340,000 claimed in the refunds was false. The actual tax loss to the IRS was $284,169.

Prosecutors said Dorsey let Dupuis use her computer and list her address on tax returns. She also filed false tax returns in her own name and for one other person.

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