Three defendants, including two CPAs, whose trial was scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States, said the Justice Department.

CPAs Stephen F. Petersen of Coalville, Utah, and Reed H. Barker of Littleton, Colo., pleaded guilty to the tax fraud on Jan. 18, 2008. Petersen also pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false tax return on behalf of a client. Attorney Graham R. Taylor, of Tiburon, Calif., also entered a guilty plea to tax fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell.

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