A Waterbury tax preparer was sentenced to federal prison after being convicted of filing hundreds of false tax returns, according to the US Attorney’s office.
Marcus Fox, 42, of Waterbury, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and one year of supervised release Wednesday. On March 31, Fox had plead guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.
According to court documents and statements, Fox prepared more than 900 tax returns for clients from 2009 to 2012. Some of those returns had fake information, including fake claims to childcare credits, education credits, American opportunity credits, and itemized deductions.
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Officials said many of his clients were associated with his church and community. Based on the false tax returns his clients received substantially higher refunds then they were owed.
According to officials, Fox also prepared returns to get himself a larger cut than he was entitled. Investigators believe he did this without his client’s knowledge and presented them with a second prepared return to hide his actions.
Fox’s scheme cost the government more than $2.2 million, prosecutors said.