SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield tax preparer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for preparing fraudulent tax returns for clients.
Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Yolanda Mercedes Perez Lopez was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $46,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
Authorities say between February 2007 and April 2008, Perez Lopez prepared numerous tax returns she knew were fraudulent in order to get clients greater refunds than they were entitled to.
Perez Lopez pleaded guilty in November to charges including aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and endeavoring to interfere with the administration of Internal Revenue laws.
Authorities say Perez Lopez is an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic.