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Tax preparer pleads guilty to submitting fraudulent returns on clients' behalf

A Buffalo tax preparer accused of submitting fraudulent returns on behalf 35 clients pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal tax fraud Friday in State Supreme Court.

Dorothea Fleming, 54, was employed as a tax preparer at Pro-File Tax and Insurance Coalition, formerly known as Capital Tax Service, on Hertel Avenue. Fleming's deceit resulted in $10,618 in unwarranted refunds within a single calendar year, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

When she is sentenced July 31, Fleming faces a possible sentence of 1 1/2  to 4 years in prison for the felony.

The case was investigated by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

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