Fla. tax fraudster faces max 222-year sentence

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida tax preparer who admitted committing fraud is facing a maximum possible prison sentence longer than two centuries.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that 41-year-old Vladimyr Jean Baptiste of Coral Springs pleaded guilty to 73 counts of preparing false tax returns and three counts of failing to file his own personal returns. That maximum penalty for all those charges combined is 222 years in prison.

Court records show that Baptiste's business in Pompano Beach claimed all sorts of false wages, deductions, credits and filing statuses. Baptiste also gave clients a supposed personal tax exemption of more than $3,600 that does not exist. The fraud was committed between 2007 and 2010.

Although the maximum is 222 years, Baptiste will likely get a lower prison term when sentenced in April.

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