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Former D.C. employee pleads guilty to theft, conspiracy charges

Wednesday - 10/31/2012, 5:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A former employee of the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue has pleaded guilty to charges in a conspiracy to generate millions of dollars in fraudulent refunds.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Kimberle Davis, 44, pleaded guilty to her role in the scheme. It spanned two tax seasons and included more than 1,000 returns amounting to more than $4 million in refunds.

Davis faced charges of conspiracy and first-degree theft. She will be sentenced at a date that will be determined later.

The conspiracy charge carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison. First- degree theft carries up to 10 years in prison. The Department of Justice issued a press release saying Davis was likely to face up to 37 to 46 months in prison, with a possible fine of up to $75,000 under federal sentencing guidelines.

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