According to a federal trial jury, a Missouri tax preparer filed false federal tax returns for himself and others.

On Thursday, June 23, Joseph Mator Jr., 40, of Jefferson City, was found guilty of filing two false federal income tax returns.

Among his clients were individuals in the Liberian community and friends and acquaintances of his who have recently moved to

The United States from Liberia. From 2010 through 2015, Mator prepared and electronically filed tax returns for 

The Liberian community and friends and acquaintances of his. Despite not having a registered business, Mator prepared his clients'

Tax returns from his home using Express 1040 software. Mator was convicted of falsely reporting his own income 

On his 2015 federal income tax return. Mator claimed that his taxable income in 2015 was $0, as he did not include 

The business income he earned from his tax preparation business in his adjusted gross income for 2015.

Mator was found guilty of filing a false federal income tax return on behalf of two individuals identified 

As "I.A." and "L.A." The fraudulent return claimed $16,000 in unreimbursed employee business expenses in 2015, 

Even though Mator knew I.A. and L.A. had no business expenses in 2015. In the end, I.A. as well as L.A. received a refund that they were not legally entitled to.

Having heard the evidence presented, the jury in U.S. federal court in Jefferson City, Mo., deliberated for 30 minutes before finding 

The defendants guilty on both counts. They were sentenced by Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Tuesday, June 21, at the end of a trial that lasted five days.

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