• ew Orleans — A New Orleans income tax preparer received a seven-year sentence in federal prison on Wednesday for stealing more than $317,000 by filing false income tax returns.

Darvel Hall, 32, was convicted of stealing the personal information of children and incarcerated individuals to create fake income tax returns from 2009 to 2011, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office. In total, Hall created 48 fake returns without the knowledge of individuals.