A tax preparer in Queens, N.Y., has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for stealing children’s identities and claiming them as dependents on nearly 1,000 false tax returns.

Mahamadou Daffe was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court for his participation in a conspiracy to steal government funds, theft of government funds, conspiracy to file false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the preparation and filing of nearly 1,000 false income tax returns that he submitted online using stolen identities. 

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