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Tax preparer pleads guilty to filing false claims for refunds

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Leader News Service

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Sonya L. Muhammad, 32, of Calhoun, pleaded guilty this week to filing false claims for federal income tax refunds.

Muhammad was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2010 on 31 counts of aiding and assisting in making false returns and one count of structuring. In May 2011, a superseding indictment was returned adding six more counts of filing false returns.

Muhammad owns and operates a tax return preparation business in West Monroe. At the change of plea hearing this week, Muhammad admitted to preparing and filing tax returns at her business knowing that the returns contained material false claims.

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