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Beloit tax return preparer sentenced to federal prison

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BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — 47-year-old Kimberly Harrison, a former tax preparer who worked in Beloit, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison yesterday for aiding and abetting the preparation of a false income tax return.

Harrison pleaded guilty to the charge on May 24th.

She had been charged with preparing 374 fraudulent tax returns for various persons from 2013 to 2016.

Harrison admitted that the government could prove she filed tax returns from her home, using various IP addresses, even though she failed to sign the tax returns as the paid preparer, making it look as though the taxpayers had prepared their own returns.

U.S. District Chief Judge James Patterson also found that she earned about $9,350 in fees that she did not report on her own tax returns, and defrauded the federal government of $583,298 in taxes.

“People need to know that our tax laws will be enforced and if you cheat on your taxes, it is going to be taken seriously,” Patterson said.

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