- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former northeastern Arizona tax preparer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for claiming millions in fraudulent Internal Revenue Service refunds.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 73-year-old Kennith Defoor of Heber-Overgaard must self-surrender to federal authorities on Jan. 9 and must pay nearly $898,000 in restitution.

Defoor was indicted along with two co-defendants with submitting false claims for tax refunds.

Prosecutors say the defendants claimed more than $9.5 million in fraudulent refunds.

A civil injunction case alleged the three defendants had prepared at least 337 fraudulent federal tax returns for customers at their two tax preparation businesses since 2001.

Defoor, 50-year-old Deane Young and his 50-year-old wife Shelia Young were arrested in December 2010.

The Youngs were each sentenced to five years in prison in August 2013.

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