A 36-year-old Ralston woman has pleaded guilty to operating a tax fraud scheme involving individuals in Nigeria.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Kathy Hansen pleaded guilty in federal court to misprision of a felony, relating to her concealment of an income tax scheme.
Federal prosecutors say Hansen opened bank accounts in 2014 to deposit illegally obtained tax refunds, which totaled around $11,557. Hansen sent the money to individuals in Nigeria. Prosecutors accused Hansen of knowing a crime was being committed, but failing to report it.
Hansen will be sentenced later. She faces up to three years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.