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Unlicensed tax preparer convicted, Homeless advocacy meeting scheduled
Unlicensed tax preparer convicted
A 58-year-old Woodburn man was convicted Friday of making a false claim to the Internal Revenue Service for a tax refund.
Job G. Lopez admitted that he prepared and submitted fraudulent tax return forms in the names of clients in order to get bogus refunds.
Lopez did so without his clients' knowledge.
He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for April. As part of his plea agreement, Lopez will pay the IRS $47,489.
Lopez operated his business without a license out of the Woodburn area. Most of his clients were Hispanic migrant workers who relied on him for his purported tax expertise.
Lopez filed false amended tax returns in order to draw fraudulent refund checks and cash them by forging his clients' names.
Homeless advocacy meeting scheduled
A meeting of key leaders in the battle against homelessness will be held Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Tigard, 900 SW Washington Square Road.
Philip F. Mangano, who worked on homelessness issues in the Bush and Obama administrations, will speak.
Registration for the meeting, set for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., is $25.