Waterloo tax preparer gets 15 months in prison

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo tax preparer has been given 15 months in prison for helping a client receive a bigger refund than merited.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says (IAWAT http://bit.ly/18nBq1v) 49-year-old Victoria Jones was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. She’d pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false tax return.

Court records say Jones prepared at least 20 fraudulent tax returns for her clients between 2007 and 2010, claiming false deductions or inflating the value of legitimate deductions. Jones’ plea involved a return that was filed in 2008 for a client identified only as “G.M.” Court records say the inflated refund was more than $4,800 higher than it should have been.

Jones also must pay a $15,000 fine and more than $4,800 in restitution.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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