- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut tax preparer has been sentenced to prison for filing hundreds of false tax returns.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 42-year-old Marcus Fox, of Waterbury, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months behind bars, followed by a year of probation. Fox pleaded guilty March 31 to two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.

Prosecutors say Fox prepared and filed more than 900 tax returns for clients between 2009 and 2012. Prosecutors say a number of those returns contained false information that resulted in substantial refunds to which clients were not entitled.

They say Fox also instructed the IRS to split some refunds between himself and the client without the client’s knowledge.

Prosecutors say Fox’s actions cost the government more than $2.2 million.

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