H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Oct 16, 2012 10:51 AM by Associated Press

Tax preparer gets 5 years for bogus returns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California tax preparer has been sentenced to five years in prison for filing hundreds of bogus income tax returns.

Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Ernesto Jesus Suarez of Orange met with clients and prepared accurate income tax returns on his laptop computer.

He then wrote refund checks from his personal bank account and gave them to his clients.

But Suarez would add bogus expenses and deductions to boost the refund amount and he directed the Internal Revenue Service to send the refunds to 29 bank accounts he controlled.

City News Service says Suarez fraudulently obtained $1.4 million.

Suarez pleaded guilty and he was sentenced in Los Angeles on Monday to five years in federal prison. He must also pay $753,000 in restitution.

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