A New Jersey woman who owned a tax preparation business was sentenced to 18 months in prison for filing false tax returns on behalf of her clients and herself, resulting in a tax loss of nearly $200,000.

Alicia Barnes, 50, of Irvington, N.J., a former corrections officer for New Jersey and self-employed owner of a tax preparation business, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to one count of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false personal federal tax returns and one count of willfully subscribing to false personal federal income tax returns. Judge Salas imposed a sentence on her Tuesday in Newark federal court.

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