- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a tax preparer helped in the filing of two dozen false tax returns.

Darlene Covington was recently indicted on 24 counts of aiding and abetting in the filing of false tax returns. If convicted on all counts, the 31-year-old Hillside resident could face a lengthy prison sentence.

Prosecutors say Covington worked for an Irvington-based tax preparation business. Between 2009 and 2010, she allegedly filed 24 false tax returns for tax years 2008 and 2009, using false information and personal identification information without the knowledge of the people named in the tax returns.

Covington then allegedly applied for refund acceleration loans from financial institutions for each of the fraudulent refunds and earned a portion of each loan she secured. The refunds were given to a third party.


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