- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - An Espanola man has been ordered to pay more than $50,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest after pleading no contest in a tax fraud case.

The state Taxation and Revenue Department says John Alex Salazar must also serve five years of probation and must not help others with their state or federal tax returns in the future.

The 62-year-old Salazar was forced to close his business last month after reaching a plea agreement on two counts of tax fraud.

He was initially indicted on 16 counts after he allegedly claimed fraudulent deductions and farming losses on tax returns he prepared and filed for more than 20 northern New Mexico residents.

State tax officials say the fraudulent deductions and losses were claimed during the 2010 and 2011 tax years.