A tax preparer was arrested Thursday after being indicted by a San Diego federal grand jury on 36 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.
Marla Lynn Cunningham, who owned and operated Cunningham’s Tax Service in El Cajon, faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.
According to the indictment, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Cunningham prepared false individual income tax returns for others, which included false Schedules C that reported fictitious business losses and false Schedules A that reported inflated or fictitious itemized deductions, such as charitable contributions and medical, dental and unreimbursed employee expenses.
Cunningham also attached forms claiming fictitious education credits that her clients were not entitled to receive, according to the indictment.
— City News Service
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