KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas tax preparer has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing his clients’ identities and more than $2.4 million in refunds.
The U.S. Justice Department says Richard Drake, of Stillwell, also was ordered Tuesday to pay restitution.
Drake pleaded guilty in June to aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds. As part of his plea, he admitted to getting refunds from the Internal Revenue Service by filing false tax returns using his clients’ names. Drake directed refunds into accounts he controlled.