- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Longmeadow tax preparer who told a client that he had “screwed” the IRS in preparing a fraudulent tax return has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Jonathan Fein was also sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to six months in a halfway house and six months in home confinement and ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $138,000 and the state Revenue Department $29,000.

Prosecutors say between 2007 and 2012, Fein, who had offices in Springfield and Greenfield, prepared numerous fraudulent returns to get his clients larger refunds.

He had pleaded guilty in December 2012 to 29 counts of falsely preparing tax returns.

His lawyer says Fein was driven by a “need to please” as well as stress and depression.

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