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Feb. 20 sentencing set for longtime advocate for immigrants

November 27, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — A Feb. 20 sentencing hearing has been set for a longtime advocate for immigrants in Arizona who pleaded guilty to a felony charge tied to his tax preparation business.

Elias Bermudez had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and acknowledged that he falsely added dependents to his clients’ tax returns to maximize refundable credits.

He led protests more than a decade ago against Arizona’s immigration laws and then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s crackdowns on immigrants, pleaded guilty to one charge of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

He also owned a business that helped immigrants prepare immigration and tax documents.

The 67-year-old Bermudez faces up to three years in prison.

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