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Arizona tax preparers get prison for fraudulent claims

PHOENIX — Two northern Arizona tax preparers have each been sentenced to
five years in prison for claiming millions in fraudulent Internal Revenue
Service refunds.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Deane Young and his 49-year-old wife Shelia Young
were convicted by a federal jury in February.

The couple from Overgaard was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in
Phoenix. They were arrested in December 2010.

Authorities say the Youngs prepared and filed fraudulent tax returns on behalf
of some of their clients that claimed false refunds ranging from about $12,000
to more than $368,000.

They say the Youngs filed 122 false returns in all, claiming nearly $10 million
in fraudulent refunds.


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