- Associated Press - Thursday, April 18, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 45-year-old tax preparer who filed dozens of fraudulent returns has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole.

Onrea Knox-Lewis, of Kansas City, was sentenced Thursday and was ordered to pay $238,666 in restitution to the government. She pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Knox-Lewis admitted that she claimed false refunds on income tax returns for the tax years 2012 through 2014. In some instances, she used stolen personal identification information to file the returns.

After she filed the returns, Knox-Lewis had the bogus refunds loaded onto prepaid debit cards. She used most of the funds for personal expenses.

The fraudulent returns involved 25 people.

Court documents indicate Knox-Lewis has an extensive history of fraudulent activity, including forgery and identity theft.

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