- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for filing more than 100 fraudulent tax returns over a four-year span.

Federal prosecutors say 23-year-old Donald Eugene Reed III also has been ordered to pay nearly $416,000 restitution to the government.

They say Reed pleaded guilty to theft of public money.

According to his plea agreement, Reed admitted to preparing and filing at least 104 fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service during the years 2012 to 2015.

Reed’s fraudulent tax returns claimed more than $677,000 in false refunds and caused the IRS to issue more than $415,000 in false refunds.

IRS investigators say Reed carried out the scheme by preparing and filing fake tax returns using approximately 81 individuals’ names and personally identifying information.

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