- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An Espanola tax preparer faces felony charges accusing her of filing false tax returns and failing to pay taxes.

A 36-count indictment filed April 9 in state District Court in Santa Fe charges 58-year-old Deborah Quintana with 28 counts of tax fraud and eight counts of attempting to evade or defeat taxes.

The state Department of Taxation and Revenue says Quintana if convicted could face up to 55.5 years in prison and a $180,000 fine.

The department also says Quintana owes the state between $14,000 and $70,000 for false tax returns and $21,000 for failing to pay gross receipt tax on her tax preparation business.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Quintana who could comment on the allegations, and attempts to reach Quintana by phone were not immediately successful.

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