- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport tax preparer is going to prison for more than two years and must repay 71 clients after pleading guilty to preparing falsified tax returns.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Gregory Alcala entered a plea agreement in February in which he admitted he altered tax returns creating a larger refund than clients expected and diverted a portion of the refund to his own accounts.

He was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months in prison for presenting false tax returns, wire fraud and making a bomb threat. Alcala also must pay $115,841 in restitution to victims.

The bomb threat charges resulted from a December 2013 telephone call to a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, insurance company during which Alcala told a switchboard operator he was going to send her a bomb.

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