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If this person knowingly allowed you to receive their tax return and cash it in anticipation of you giving your friend the proceeds, then you are likely not in trouble unless your friend can prove you either knew or should have known that this money would be stolen by this person.
In essence, this friend would have to show you had a duty, you breached that duty, this breach caused injury and they would have to prove the damages. In order to show a duty, the person would have to show you should have known that this money would be stolen, or there would be a high likelihood.
She really needs to file suit against the person that stole the money and use you as her witness to help win the case. That would be her best legal option at the moment.
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