The designer does and can have copyright rights to an original design and if someone else is taking credit then you can sue them for damages and violating the copyright law. I suggest hiring an attorney and demanding a retraction letter from her to the magazine and inform her if she does not retract you will sue her for copyright infringement
, since she is claiming rights to something that is not hers. There is no criminal statute for this, it is purely a civil case.
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