Glendale Tax Preparer to Serve 21 Months for Bad Filings; Served Vietamese Community

Glendale tax preparer Huy Phuoc Nguyen will serve 21 months in a federal prison for filing fraudulent returns on behalf of his clients and trying to blame the crime on his ex-wife.

Nguyen served members of the local Vietnamese community from 2001 to 2005 through his home business, Lucky Immigration and Income Tax Service. Some of his customers seemed to qualify for every tax credit in the books -- how lucky!

The feds say fraudulent returns for nearly three dozen people netted the clients tens of thousands from the government that they didn't deserve.

To top it off, Nguyen tried to cover up his crime by filing the returns in the name of his ex-wife. No doubt, she's getting the last laugh.

Click here if you want to read the whole news release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.