- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Former executives at a Broward County tax preparation firm have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a $2 million tax fraud and identity theft operation.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced 29-year-old Camilla Gonzalez to more than eight years in prison. Co-defendant Patricia Alcime, also 29, got nearly eight years behind bars. They were president and vice president at Luxury Tax Inc.

Court documents show that the pair filed more than 700 fraudulent tax returns in 2011 using personal information from identity theft victims. The refunds were paid into accounts controlled by Gonzalez and Alcime or loaded onto debit cards.

They were also ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to the U.S. government and forfeit more than $500,000 in their bank accounts.