Birm­ing­ham tax pre­parer gets 5 years for fraud­u­lent re­turns

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A Ge­or­gia woman has been sen­tenced to five years in prison for pre­par­ing and fil­ing fraud­u­lent tax re­turns through her Alabama-based busi­ness.

U.S. At­tor­ney Jay E. Town, in a news re­lease, said U.S. Dis­trict Judge R. David Proc­tor sen­tenced 38-year-old Pa­trice An­der­son on Mon­day for 13 taxre­lated counts. A fed­eral jury con­victed An­der­son in Septem­ber for us­ing her Birm­ing­ham-area busi­ness, Queen’s Fast Tax, to file re­turns between 2009 and 2012 that she knew con­tained false in­for­ma­tion.

Ev­i­dence at trial showed that An­der­son filed tax re­turns claim­ing re­fund­able cred­its to which her clients were not en­ti­tled so that they could re­ceive much larger re­funds than they were el­i­gi­ble for. In re­turn, An­der­son would charge the clients ab­nor­mally high fees — up to $3,000 per fraud­u­lent re­turn — to file their taxes.

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