LAUREL, Md. (WJZ) — An Anne Arundel County man was convicted of filing a false tax return.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced that Lovet Ako, of Laurel, pleaded guilty on December 4, 2020.

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Ako was sentenced to 364 days, all suspended, with two years of probation. Ako must also pay $35,551 in fines, interest and back taxes.

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According to the charges, Ako owned and operated Money Back Taxes in 2017. Ako prepared and filed numerous tax returns for Maryland residents, but was not a registered tax preparer.

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On his personal tax return, Ako failed to include any income from fees earned by filing taxes.

CBS Baltimore Staff