Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Council Bluffs Store Theft Scheme

An April trial has been scheduled for a Council Bluffs woman accused of conspiring to steal from a Wal-Mart store.

Jeri Atilano pleaded not guilty Tuesday to theft, conspiracy and ongoing criminal conduct.

Her trial is set to begin April 5.

Prosecutors say Atilano worked with a Wal-Mart cashier, Keisha Kephart, in buying items that Kephart would mark down for Atilano. Kephart also would take coupons that were for other items. The bogus transactions cost Wal-Mart more than $4,000.

Kephart pleaded guilty Monday after making a deal with prosecutors that includes her agreement to testify against Atilano. Kephart was sentenced to two years of probation.