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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A tax preparer in southwestern Illinois has been ordered to spend seven and a half years in federal prison for submitting false returns in exchange for kickbacks from clients.

Delaun Leflore of Belleville already had pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges along with his business partner, Carey Herron of St. Peters, Mo. Both men ran Prime Time Tax Services in Shiloh.

Prosecutors say Leflore and Herron admitted falsifying information on IRS forms to inflate tax refunds from 2009 through April 2011. Authorities say Prime Time’s employees generally got $500 kickbacks in exchange.

Prosecutors say the IRS paid about $1.6 million in refunds to Prime Time clients, although not all were fraudulent.

Herron has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.

Both men now are banned from tax preparation.

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