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April 23, 2013

Wichita tax preparer convicted on 19 counts of filing false returns

A Wichita tax preparer was convicted Tuesday on charges of filing false federal income tax returns.

A Wichita tax preparer was convicted Tuesday on charges of filing false federal income tax returns.

Lata L. Tomlinson, 33, was convicted on 19 counts of preparing false income tax returns for a total of 17 people during tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

During a jury trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Tomlinson had a college degree in accounting and worked for various tax preparation companies before starting her own business in 2006 called Talking Taxes And More.

In tax returns she prepared, she falsely stated deductions for depreciation, home improvements, business repairs, contract labor, legal fees, home repairs, medical expenses, advertising, insurance, car and truck expenses, hay and grain expenses, cellphones and care of dependents.

Sentencing is set for July 8. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $100,000 on each count.

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