- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport tax preparer is charged with filing false tax returns and diverting clients’ refunds to his own bank account.

Federal agents arrested Gregory Scott Alcala last week. He’s due in court Wednesday for an arraignment and detention hearing.

An indictment alleges that from 2012 to 2014, Alcala prepared accurate tax returns for clients that they believed were filed with the IRS. Instead, Alcala altered the filings to create larger tax refunds and directed the additional amounts to his bank account. He allegedly did so by adding false business expenses.

The indictment also alleges Alcala made a bomb threat over the phone in 2013 to an insurance company representative.

Alcala’s attorney, Jack Schwartz, says his client believes he’ll be found not guilty. He’ll argue for his release from jail Wednesday.

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