The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal court in Fresno, Calif., to bar the former manager of a Jackson Hewitt franchise from preparing federal income tax returns.

The government's alleges that during last year's filing season, David Meals, a former IRS employee, personally prepared or supervised other Jackson Hewitt employees who prepared more than 100 federal income tax returns falsely claiming tax exemption for casino-gaming proceeds paid to members of the Tachi Yokut Indian Tribe.

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