Three tax preparers sentenced for falsifying returns

GLOVERSVILLE Three city tax preparers have been sentenced to probationary terms after their guilty pleas to filing falsified tax returns, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York.

According to a news release:

Carmen Gentile, 54, of Amsterdam was sentenced to a five-year term of probation, fined $10,000, and ordered to pay restitution to the United States.

Angela Witzke, 40, of Amsterdam, a certified public accountant, was sentenced June 13 to a three-year term of probation for her role in the scheme. Witzke is married to Gentile, according to court documents.

Michele Lennon, 43, of Gloversville, was sentenced June 16 to a one-year term of probation.

The three were indicted by a grand jury on June 27, 2012, on one count of conspiracy and 10 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, according to the indictment dated June 27 filed in U.S. District Court in Albany.

The estimated tax loss is $97,357, according to Gentile’s sentencing report. The reports state that none of the three defendants got any monetary gain from these returns.

All three defendants worked at Complete Financial Accounting Services in Gloversville, which Gentile owned and operated. According to court documents, the taxes were filed between March 2006 and April 2008.

More on this story will appear in Tuesday’s print and online editions.

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