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Prosecutors push to close tax preparer

April 12, 2007

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— Federal officials on Wednesday asked a judge to prohibit a Belton woman from preparing income tax returns in the future, accusing her of filing fraudulent returns shortchanging the government by $2.4 million since 2003.

The suit filed in federal court in Kansas City claims Marva Bilberry prepared taxes for people in the Kansas City area through a Raymore business called Bilberry Bookkeeping and Tax Service.

Investigators said 98 percent of 122 returns prepared by Bilberry and reviewed by the Internal Revenue Service included errors, averaging $3,167 in additional taxes per customer.

The suit claims the returns included inflated medical expenses, employee business expenses, charitable contributions and home business expenses.

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