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NJ tax preparer admits preparing false returns

2-27-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a northern New Jersey tax preparation business has admitted he filed false tax returns on behalf of clients.

Kellar Covington Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark Thursday to willfully preparing false returns.

Authorities say the Hillside resident owned one tax preparation business in Irvington and assisted in the operation of another one. He admitted making up and inflating itemized deductions, expenses and losses such as gifts to charity and job expenses.

The Internal Revenue Service was defrauded of approximately $140,000 as a result.

Covington faces a prison term up to three years and a possible fine. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 3.