- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge related to a scam involving Clarke University in eastern Iowa.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 37-year-old Thomas DeFelice was sentenced Thursday in Cedar Rapids’ federal court on a charge of conspiracy to file false tax returns.

Prosecutors say DeFelice and 35-year-old James Spaulding - former director of Clarke University Bookstore - created a fake company in 2011 and sent fake invoices to Clarke without providing any books.

The two split more than $300,000 received through the fraud, but didn’t claim that income on tax returns.

Spaulding was sentenced in March to nearly five years in federal prison on charges of mail fraud and two counts of filing false tax returns.

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