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Iowa tax preparer accused of aiding false returns

Published On: Mar 28 2013 06:35:43 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 06:35:00 AM CDT
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An eastern Iowa tax preparer has been released from custody while he awaits trial on charges that he helped taxpayers falsely claim business income.

Keith A. Rath of Shellsburg was arrested last week by IRS agents after a grand jury indicted him on 8 counts of aiding in the preparation and presentation of a false tax return.

The indictment claims that on 8 occasions between 2008 and 2010, Rath helped clients falsely claim thousands of dollars in business income that he knew they did not earn.

Rath has pleaded not guilty to the charges and trial has been scheduled for May 20. A judge has ordered Rath not to have any contact with the taxpayers mentioned in the indictment in the meantime.