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Mar 8, 2013 8:15 AM by AP

Jury convicts tax preparer of fraud

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a tax preparer accused of filing false claims using the names of identity theft victims.

Angela Myers was found guilty Thursday of wire fraud, making false claims, subscribing to false tax returns and aggravated identity theft. No sentencing date was set.

Authorities say Myers operated "Angie's Tax Service," a Baton Rouge tax preparation business and filed claims using the identities stolen from various people, many of whom were nursing home patients at a Port Allen facility. Evidence also revealed that Myers failed to report thousands of dollars in fees earned through the business on her own 2007 and 2008 returns.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the IRS said the income was used to buy various items, including an RV and a $50,000 investment product.

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