Former Wetumpka bank teller involved in tax scheme

Published 7:43pm Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Montgomery man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to cash fraudulently obtained IRS refund checks totalling more than $137,000.
Rodriguez Thomas, along with co-conspirators Jesse Johnson and Quanesha Johnson, obtained IRS refund checks by filing fraudulent tax returns.
To further expedite the conspiracy, they would bring the checks to Debora Gray, who was a bank teller in Wetumpka to cash them.
Gray pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy. According to her plea agreement, she received between $200 and $400 in cash for each check she cashed while working at the Wetumpka branch of Wells Fargo.
She admitted she cashed 77 checks totalling more than $137,000.
The scheme took place in November 2011 until March 2012.
She along with Thomas, Quanesha Johnson and Jesse Johnson are awaiting sentencing.
Thomas faces a maximum of five years in prison.
A few weeks ago a federal grand jury in Montgomery returned a six-count indictment charging Shatoubrioune “Tobie” Hare George with conspiracy to commit theft of public funds and theft of public funds in connection with the same IRS scheme.

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