Former Phoenix tax preparer gets prison for identity theft

PHOENIX (AP) – A former Phoenix tax preparer has been sentenced to two years in prison for identity theft and ordered to pay more than $101,000 in restitution to the federal government.
Criminal investigators with the Phoenix office of the Internal Revenue Service say 53-year-old Kimberly Stewart was sentenced Monday. She pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft last October.
Stewart owned and operated a tax preparation business from 2003-10.
Prosecutors say Stewart admitted in her plea agreement that in early 2011, she filed a false return for the 2010 tax year using the name and Social Security number of her deceased mother.
Stewart got a tax refund of more than $6,400.
Investigators say Stewart had previously been contacted by the IRS about false returns she prepared and filed on behalf of others.


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