- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in an Arizona federal prison for a five-year tax fraud scheme.

Prosecutors say 61-year-old Stephen Galender Allison, of Lakeway, also was ordered Monday to pay nearly $814,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to the tax authorities of Arizona and California.

Allison previously pleaded guilty to false claims.

Between 2007 and 2012, prosecutor say Allison filed 29 fraudulent federal and state tax returns claiming more than $1.1 million in false refunds and generating $813,555 in refunds.

They say Allison falsely claimed the filer had earned substantial wages, substantial taxes had already been withheld and the filer was entitled to a large refund.

Allison also filed similar returns for fictitious persons and several acquaintances whose identities he had stolen.

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