- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey tax preparer is headed to prison for filing false returns.

Kellar Covington Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months by a federal judge in Newark. He had pleaded guilty in February to assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

The 62-year-old Hillside resident owned KCJ Financial Corporation, an Irvington-based tax preparation business. Covington admitted he filed tax returns for clients that inflated their itemized deductions, expenses and losses to get them bigger refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigations office in Newark estimates Covington cheated the IRS out of about $140,000.

After Covington is released from prison, he will be barred from working in the tax preparation business for 10 years.

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