Owner Of Santos & Associates Sentenced To 13 Month In Prison For Tax Fraud

Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday the owner of Santos & Associates in Union City, New Jersey was sentenced to 13 months in prison for preparing fraudulent tax returns for her clients, resulting in nearly a $130,000 loss.

Judge And JuryForty-three-year-old Shirley Arias, aka “Shirley Zambrano,” aided and assisted others prepare fraudulent tax returns for the tax years 2012 through 2014. She filed tax returns based on bogus information utilized a variety of fraudulent practices in order to obtain refunds in amounts greater than her clients’ were entitled, according to court documents.

In addition to the prison term, Arias was ordered to pay $130,279 in restitution.

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