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Matthew Bender, Detroit Tax Preparer, Charged with Fraud For Preparing False Returns

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Detroit tax preparer Matthew Bender is charged with preparing false returns between 2004 and 2012. ( AP/Seth Perlman) | AP/Seth Perlman

(DETROIT) -- A tax preparer from Detroit is facing charges for allegedly preparing false tax returns.

The Justice Department issued a release on Wednesday stating that Matthew Bender is charged with 16 counts of assisting in the presentation of false tax returns to the IRS, and one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws.

Authorities say between 2004 and 2012 Bender prepared returns for taxpayers that falsely claimed refunds and contained false deductions and tax withholdings. He's also accused of filing false tax returns for himself in 2007 and 2009, and failing to file tax returns for a several other years.

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