- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson tax preparer has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for submitting more than $651,000 in false claims.

Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Jose Jesus Gonzalez also was ordered Monday to pay more than $255,000 in restitution and pay a nearly $18,000 fine.

Gonzalez previously had pleaded guilty to willfully filing a false individual income tax return.

Doing business as Gonzalez Insurance and Tax Services, Gonzalez operated offices in Tucson from 2004-09 and in Phoenix from 2009-10.

During the 2008 tax year, prosecutors say Gonzalez e-filed 90 income tax returns seeking $651,500 in false claims for the first-time home buyer credit.

The Internal Revenue Service disallowed a portion of the claims, but paid $620,000 in false claims to taxpayers which authorities say the IRS is trying to recover.

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