Ex-Ga. tax preparer sentenced in fraud scheme

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ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say an ex-tax preparer has been ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in restitution after being convicted in a tax fraud scheme.

Officials said Wednesday that 43-year-old Buffy Drake of Griffin pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Prosecutors say Drake owned a tax preparation business named “Imagine That” and filed hundreds of false returns between 2011 and 2012.

Prosecutors say the woman kept most of the fraudulent returns, which totaled more than $2.5 million.

Drake is scheduled to be sentenced May 20.

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