Deena Vang Lee, 41, has been sentenced to four-and-half years in prison. Lee, a resident of Fresno, Calif.,
A tax preparer, Lee was also ordered to pay $191,597 in restitution after being found guilty of 13 felony counts, including three counts of wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft, five counts of preparing and presenting false and fraudulent returns, and three counts of making and subscribing a false and fraudulent tax return.
Lee was working for the Internal Revenue Services as a staffer.
Lee was found guilty of putting false information on client tax returns without their knowledge. She utilized stolen IDs of individuals who were listed as childcare providers on clients’ returns.
In additional, Lee underreported the income from her tax business on her personal tax returns for tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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