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Ga. tax preparer sentenced in refund fraud scheme

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 21:43:00-04

  ATLANTA (AP) - A tax preparer accused of filing fraudulent tax refunds for the second time has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.


      U.S. Attorney's officials in Atlanta say 65-year-old Eugene Gibbons was sentenced Wednesday to three years and six months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.


      Authorities say Gibbons admitted to filing about $1.2 million worth of fraudulent tax returns between 2002 and 2009 by claiming fraudulent deductions, expenses and credits. Officials say Gibbons was paid a commission from clients who he helped obtain the fraudulent refunds.


      Prosecutors say Gibbons pleaded guilty in July 2012 to two counts of aiding and abetting in the preparation of false tax returns.