LOS ANGELES  – A former Huntington Beach resident was sentenced
today to 42 months in federal prison for helping two Orange County businessmen
prepare phony tax returns to avoid more than $15 million in taxes.
Denise Browning was convicted in November of two counts of aiding and
assisting in the preparation of false payroll tax returns, following a three-
day trial before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez.
Along with the prison term, Gutierrez sentenced the 47-year-old Browning
to one year of supervised release and ordered restitution of nearly $815,000,
according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Darwin Thomas.
Prosecutors said in sentencing papers that Browning, while working as a
manager at Fullerton-based Global Payroll Services Inc., was the “architect”
of the scheme.
Co-defendants Michael P. Harvey, formerly of Anaheim Hills, and Jason M.
Harvey, formerly of Yorba Linda, who ran Global and a second company,
Advanced Business Payroll Inc, previously pleaded guilty to tax evasion
charges.
Michael Harvey, 53, was sentenced in February to 30 months behind bars.
Jason Harvey, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25.

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