- Associated Press - Monday, March 2, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona grand jury has indicted the owner of a Phoenix tax service company and two other people for allegedly preparing fraudulent returns.

State prosecutors say Connie Cozzolino, her son Richard Luttrull and Jennifer Lohss were indicted on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, illegal control of an enterprise, 24 counts of preparing false tax returns and forgery.

They say Connie’s Tax Services allegedly prepared state personal income tax returns that contained fraudulent information for tax years 2012-18.

Investigators say Cozzolino, Luttrull, and Lohss included improper, inflated or fictitious itemized deductions for items such as medical and dental expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses, or gifts to charity in the tax returns they prepared without the knowledge or consent of their clients.

The alleged inclusion of the fraudulent deductions resulted in about $19,000 in inflated refunds and evaded taxes.

Prosecutors say the taxpayers will be responsible for filing amended returns and repayment of the excess refund or the additional tax due plus any interest.

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