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The Telegram
  • Former area tax preparer pleads guilty in federal court

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  • SYRACUSE — The owner of a former Little Falls tax-preparation business has pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony offense, according to prosecutors.
    James Butcher, 58, of Little Falls, was owner and operator of Jim’s Income Tax Service, admitted to preparing 40 false Form 1040 returns from 2007 through 2010, prosecutors said.
    The forms contained false or inflated Schedule A deductions, including false or inflated charitable deductions and false or inflated unreimbursed employee expenses, officials said.
    He faces up to three years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and restitution to the IRS for tax years 2007-2010 when he is sentenced Aug. 1 by Judge David N. Hurd in Utica.
    The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, in Syracuse.

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