- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - An Olympia tax preparer who pleaded guilty to running a tax fraud scheme for three years was sentenced to two years in prison. Federal Judge Robert Bryan also ordered Kyle Baxter to pay $255,033 in restitution.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle says Baxter filed at least 280 false tax refunds in a scheme that netted him $250,000.

Prosecutors say Baxter, a firefighter, filed claims for his colleagues, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. He claimed deductions and credits that they were not eligible to claim. In one case, Baxter claimed a child tax credit for clients who didn’t have children. The false filings allowed the clients to get a bigger refund.

Bryan told Baxter that his scheme was “evil” and that he hurt the clients and the public.

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