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Phoenix man faces jail time after preparing fraudulent tax returns

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Posted at 9:27 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 12:32:15-04

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty in a scheme to prepare fraudulent tax returns.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement that Roberto De La O faces a one-year prison term for preparing 118 fraudulent Arizona individual income tax returns for tax years 2014-17.

According to the attorney general's office, the returns prepared by De La O reported falsified income and withholding amounts through fraudulent W-2 or 1099 forms issued by Red Home LLC, a shell corporation owned by De La O in Phoenix, which conducted no business.

As a result, the taxpayers illegally received higher-than-normal refunds.

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