- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston woman has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for cheating the IRS.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Belkis Guzman was also sentenced Friday to three years of probation after pleading guilty in September to aiding the preparation of false tax returns, wire fraud, theft of government funds, and identity theft.

Prosecutors say Guzman was involved in two schemes.

In one she helped prepare fake income tax returns by falsifying dependents, exemptions, credits, deductions and expenses while working for a Providence tax preparation business.

Guzman also deposited more than 100 U.S. Treasury checks into her personal checking account by generating fraudulent income tax returns using stolen identities.

A lawyer for Guzman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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