Texas Preparer Sentenced For Filing False Tax Claims

DALLAS (March 5, 2013)—Tax preparer Cora Latrice Hopkins of Garland has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for filing hundreds of tax returns that falsely claimed a homebuyer tax credit for clients.

Federal authorities say Hopkins also must pay $1.7 million in restitution.

She was sentenced Monday after her guilty plea in November to filing a false claim with a federal agency.

Hopkins has been in custody since Internal Revenue Service agents arrested her in August.

Hopkins worked as a manager for Instant Tax Service.

In 2009 she filed 316 returns that claimed a first-time homebuyer tax credit, authorities said.

They say Hopkins either knew her clients were not eligible for the credit or did not submit records indicating eligibility.

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