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Father, Daughter Preparers Sentenced

Prison barsA Richmond County, Ga., man and his daughter have been sentenced for filing inflated client tax returns. Ezra Hatcher Sr., 67, who had previously been imprisoned for tax return fraud, was sentenced to two years in prison.

His daughter, Sherry Hatcher, 42, of Augusta, Ga., received five years' probation and was ordered to pay $4,141 in restitution after pleading guilty to aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return

Ezra Hatcher of Hepthziba was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $69,684 after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States. The Department of Justice press release did not state how long Hatcher served in prison following his previous conviction.

The Hatchers were accused of filing 21 inflated returns on behalf of seven individuals between 2014 and 2018.

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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