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Waynesboro man sentenced for preparing fraudulent tax returns

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WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) -

A Waynesboro man was sentenced last week to two years in prison for preparing fraudulent federal tax returns, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Carlos Newton, 44, Newtown pleaded guilty to preparing 22 fraudulent federal tax returns between January 2009 and January 2011, according to evidence presented during his guilty plea and sentencing hearings.

Newton is accused of placing fictitious businesses, income and expenses on federal income tax forms, which fraudulently qualified some of his clients for refunds through the earned income tax credit, according to the attorney's office. The federal government paid out almost $90,000 in refunds based on these bogus returns.

Newton requested additional fees from his clients for the services, according to the attorney's office. He referred to those fees as "love offerings."

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