NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- A Mathews County man has been sentenced to three years, 10 months in federal prison for tax fraud.

After a six-day trial in November, a federal jury in Newport News convicted Jeffrey Charles of conspiracy, filing a false tax return and three counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. He was sentenced Monday.

Charles, a registered nurse and the administrator of a rehabilitation center, was convicted of conspiring with his daughter and son-in-law to impede the IRS in calculating and collecting federal income taxes. He also helped prepare three false tax returns (2000, 2001, 2005) for his daughter and filed one in his own name.

Prosecutors said Charles joined American Rights Litigators (ARL), a Florida-based organization, and paid ARL to send fraudulent documents to the IRS on his behalf and on behalf of his daughter. In August 2004, a federal district judge permanently enjoined ARL and two of its promoters from the sale of a nationwide tax scam.

Along with the prison term, Charles was ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Federal prosecutors said in a separate but related case, Charles's daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Miles and John Miles, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy and and are serving time in federal prison.

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