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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Two former state employees were convicted this week on tax evasion charges and another state employee was arrested in what the Alabama Attorney General's office says in an ongoing investigation.

Michelle Irvin Zeigler, 50, of Prattville, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court to one count of willful attempt to evade or defeat 2007 state income taxes and to one count of using her position as a public employee to obtain personal gain for herself.

The AG's office says Zeigler's two year jail sentence on each count (which were to run concurrently) was suspended with two years' supervised probation. She must pay restitution of $13,499 to Alabama Department of Revenue, plus court costs.

Judy Smith Horn, 48, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court to one count of willful attempt to evade or defeat 2008 state income taxes. Horn was sentenced to two years in jail, which was suspended with supervised probation for two years. She was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of $6,065.

The AG's office says in a separate case, Shirley Jean Walters, 54, of Montgomery, was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on charges of state income tax evasion and a state ethics violation for using her position for personal gain. She was released on a $5,000 bond.

The Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Division partnered with the Alabama Department of Revenue in prosecuting these cases and say additional cases are expected.

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