A former California tax preparer was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he filed dozens of false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

Rene R. Lopez, 61, the former operator of Lopez & Associates Business Consultants in Van Nuys, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to pay restitution of $114,467 to the IRS.

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