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Capital Gazette: Annapolis tax preparer convicted for filing false tax returns, Maryland Office of t

An Annapolis woman was convicted on two counts of filing false tax returns in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General said Tuesday.

Judge Michael Wachs sentenced Michelle L. Swink, 44, to five years incarceration, suspending all but one weekend, and five years supervised probation, the office wrote in a news release. As a condition of her probation, Swink is prohibited from acting as a tax preparer and is required to pay restitution of $72,000 to the Comptroller of Maryland.

Swink, who was a registered tax preparer, owned and operated Noncents, a tax preparation service located on Forest Drive in Annapolis, from 2015 to 2017. Many of the Maryland tax returns Swink filed on behalf of her clients included false information, the news release said, which reduced their Maryland tax liabilities and improperly increased their state tax refunds collectively by approximately $72,000.

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