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A former tax preparer at two Hacienda Heights businesses was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service by producing and filing bogus tax returns.

Calvin Tyrone Ridgill, 61, of Whittier, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Margaret Morrow to pay about $357,000 in restitution to the IRS and serve a year of supervised release following his prison term.

Ridgill agreed to a binding civil injunction barring him for life from aiding or assisting in the preparation of federal income tax returns for anyone other than himself and his spouse.

At the hearing, Morrow rejected Ridgill’s plea for leniency, finding that he had shown a “particularly egregious” disregard for the tax laws.

Defense attorney Jill Ginstling unsuccessfully asked the judge to waive interest on her client’s restitution.

However, Morrow said she agreed with the government’s contention that Ridgill’s assets — including a home in Whittier and a vacation house in Truckee — were more than sufficient to pay the amount ordered.

A tax preparer at Hernandez and Associates and CT Professional Services, Ridgill pleaded guilty in March to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, according to the IRS.

Ridgill prepared federal income tax returns for his clients claiming false or inflated income tax refunds based on bogus deductions. Those returns resulted in losses to the IRS of more than $400,000, the agency said.

The count to which Ridgill pleaded guilty relates to a 2011 return filed on behalf of a client which included a false Schedule E partnership loss in the amount of almost $56,800.

He was ordered to surrender to begin serving his sentence on Jan. 4.

— Wire reports

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