Ex-tax preparer admits to filing nearly 100 false returns


    Rennell Mace admitted to filing returns with false wage amounts to claim earned income tax credits for clients or false educational expenses to receive tax credits. (File)

    A onetime St. Louis County tax preparer who admitted to filing nearly 100 false returns has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Rennell Mace entered the plea Wednesday. It said he filed returns with false wage amounts to claim earned income tax credits for clients or false educational expenses to receive tax credits. Mace now lives in the Atlanta area.

    The agreement said Mace and others involved in the scheme were paid $342,741 from 2009 through 2014. Under recommended federal sentencing guidelines, he could face 18-24 years in prison.

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