Former tax preparer gets 42 months of jail time

A former Milledgeville tax preparer has been sentenced to serve 42 months in prison for filing fraudulent tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Derrick Bernard Jackson, 32, of Macon, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty to making false claims against the government in May 2007, according to a news release.

Jackson represented himself as a tax preparer at D and L Accounting Service Tax Preparers on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville.

He falsely represented to the Internal Revenue Service that information in tax returns for various taxpayers was accurate, when the information was false. In some cases the false information included representations of fictitious employment, according to the release.Between Nov. 19, 2003, and July 24, 2005, Jackson prepared 15 tax returns knowing the claims were fraudulent and claimed $106,165 in refunds that taxpayers weren’t entitled to receive, according to the release.

Jackson also must serve three years on supervised release and pay restitution of $78,752, according to the release.