Man gets two years in prison for preparing fraudulent tax returns

A Waynesboro man was sentenced last week to serve two years in prison for his role in preparing fraudulent tax returns.

Carlos Newton, 44, worked as a tax preparer from 2009 through 2011 and prepared 22 fraudulent returns totaling almost $90,000, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver.

Newton used fake businesses, income and expenses that fraudulently qualified some clients for refunds, according to the statement. In exchange, Newton requested additional fees he called “love offerings.”