- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Roswell tax preparer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraudulently preparing tax returns over a three-year period.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Sylvia Franco received a suspended 18-year prison sentence with the stipulation that she pay more than $38,000 in restitution to her victims.

She also was ordered to serve five years of supervised probation and not to prepare income tax returns anymore.

Franco owned and operated Sylvia Tax Service.

Prosecutors say she prepared tax returns with fraudulent, inflated tax deductions for 28 clients from 2011 to 2014 to ensure they would receive larger refunds.

They say the state lost nearly $121,000 in taxes owed.

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