Ex-Phoenix tax preparer gets prison for fraudulent returns

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former tax preparer in Phoenix has been sentenced to 366 days in federal prison for preparing fraudulent returns.

Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Margaret Nicole Hall, of Phoenix, also was ordered by a judge to pay nearly $93,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Hall pleaded guilty last October to one count of obstructing or impeding the administration of internal revenue laws and one count of aiding or assisting preparation or presentment of a fraudulent or false return.

According to her plea agreement, Hall owned and operated a tax return preparation service in Phoenix.

During an IRS audit, authorities say Hall falsely represented this client received income from self-employment and tip income.

They say Hall also fabricated lease documents and rental receipts for her client.