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Aug 30, 2013 9:10 AM by AP

Tax preparer sentenced for filing false returns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans tax preparer has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for filing false claims against the United States.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced 31-year-old Lekeith Robinson on Wednesday to 21 months in jail, two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $93,804 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Robinson owned and operated a tax preparation business called Solid Rock II, Inc. Between February 2009 and May 2010, prosecutors say Robinson prepared fraudulent tax returns in the names of others seeking tax refunds. The tax returns were false in that they contained false dependent information and false household income.

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