4 Minn. tax preparers indicted on fraud charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four tax preparers in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center have been indicted on charges that they filed false tax returns to receive illegal refunds.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1cS4z2C ) says the four falsified returns by listing fake businesses and inflating deductions.

The indictment says the tax preparers shared the tax refunds with the people for whom they prepared taxes. The shares ranged from $600 to $2,000.

The Justice Department says the alleged scam ran from 2007 to 2009, during which the four filed more than 2,000 federal and state returns. They were indicted on a total of 63 counts of identity theft, conspiracy and tax fraud.

All four were employees at Primetime Tax Service Inc. No working telephone number for the company could be found Wednesday.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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