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Preparer, Repeat Offender, Draws 13 Years

 A Chicago, Ill.-based tax preparer, who spent time in federal prison for tax preparation crimes, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a new series of state offenses.

Oscar Garrett, 62, was convicted of the charges in May for defrauding Illinois out of $250,000. Garrett was convicted of filing false 1099-R and 1099-M forms on behalf of a client who did not have retirement income to report on the 1099-Rs. The clients were unaware of his activity.

The offenses occurred between January 2011 and December 2016.

Garrett previously spent more than two and half years in federal prison after being convicted of operating a similar scheme of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service.

In the state case, he was found guilty of theft of government property, identity theft, wire and mail fraud, forgery and income tax fraud. 


Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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