- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Chaparral tax preparer has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution in a tax fraud case.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Maria Ramirez was accused of preparing false tax returns and failing to report or pay gross receipts tax on her tax preparation business.

They say Ramirez pleaded guilty to 29 counts of tax fraud, which are fourth-degree felonies.

Authorities say Ramirez failed to report or pay gross receipts tax on her business for six filing periods and filed at least 29 false personal income tax returns for her clients.

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