- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

DEKALB, Miss. (AP) - The IRS is trying to stop a Kemper County man from ever preparing taxes for anyone else, saying he may have claimed more than $1 million in fraudulent refunds in recent years.

The civil lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Jackson asks that a federal judge forbid Christopher Chamberlin of Bailey from doing business as a tax preparer.

The suit says Chamberlin has routinely filed tax returns fraudulently stating a person lost money running their own business. Those fake losses allow taxpayers to claim Earned Income Tax Credit refunds for which they otherwise wouldn’t qualify.

Chamberlin and four other people face a criminal indictment that they also stole identities and filed false tax returns for the refunds.

A lawyer for Chamberlin didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment Saturday.

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