Madison County

Richmond man sentenced for preparing false income tax returns

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A Richmond man was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Friday for preparing false income tax returns.

James Raymond Kennedy, 58, submitted false tax returns using deductions not authorized by law, costing the U.S. government about $375,000.

His clients were unaware that the deductions were unauthorized under the tax code.

Kennedy ran J.R. Kennedy and Associates from 2006 to April 2009, and pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2012.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell ordered Kennedy to begin serving his sentence Sept. 30.