- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

MONROE, La. (AP) - A Monroe tax preparer has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for filing multiple false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, in a news release, said 38-year-old Richard Allan Scott was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James to 57 months in jail. He also was sentenced to a year of supervised release and ordered to pay $338,380 restitution.

Evidence admitted at his September trial revealed that more than 50 false tax returns for years 2011 and 2012 were prepared. Many of the returns contained fictitious information pertaining to W-2 withholdings, dependent care expenses and tax credits.

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