WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – A West Palm Beach man employed by the Internal Revenue Service has been charged with wire fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 36-year old Charles Corbitt prepared fraudulent tax returns which claimed Residential Energy Credits on Form 5695 and inflated Itemized Deductions on Schedule A that the individual was not entitled to.

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As a result of the false credits and inflated deductions, the taxpayer’s taxable income was lowered and refund amount was increased.

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Once the returns were electronically filed, Corbitt received a portion of the tax refund as a preparation fee. This fee was determined based on the amount of the refund or was a flat fee.

Corbitt faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

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