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Rona Griffin, tax preparerA Minneapolis, Minn.-based tax preparer has been charged with filing hundreds of phony tax returns and repeatedly failing to file her own income and corporate taxes. Rona Griffin, 52 years old, faces 34 counts of preparing fraudulent tax returns, three counts of filing fraudulent tax returns, seven counts of failing to file income and corporate tax returns, and 8 counts of failing pay corporate and income taxes.

Minnesota alleges Griffin's common techniques included deducting large charitable contributions her clients never made, forging donation receipts, changing her client's occupations on their returns, and claiming fraudulent business expenses. The alleged crimes took place between 2009 and 2013.

At least some phony information was entered without her clients' knowledge. According to the complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office , Griffin told a client, "I put that down otherwise you would not have received a refund." Griffin owned and operted HAH Broker, a tax and bookkeeping firm.

The state also says Griffin owes more than $100,000 in delinquent income and corporate taxes after repeatedly failing to file her own returns.

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