CAMDEN ‑ An Atlantic City man was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to three years in prison for helping to prepare false income tax returns and illegally using Social Security numbers.

The sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman also requires Nicholas Gomez-Rua, 54, to pay more than $170,000 in restitution, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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 Hillman further revoked Gomez-Rua’s U.S. citizenship, Fishman said. Gomez-Rua, who is also of Medellin, Colombia, admitted earlier to unlawfully obtaining his U.S. citizenship, Fishman said.

Gomez-Rua was charged in October 2012 with 29 counts of aiding and assisting the preparation of a false income tax return, 10 counts of illegal use of a Social Security number and two counts of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization.

Federal authorities said Gomez-Rua operated Quick Tax Solution and Rapid Tax Solution in Ventnor between 2008 and 2010.

Gomez-Rua used information and documents from his clients to prepare the income tax returned, federal authorities said. Gomez-Rua admitted to intentionally including fradulent items and tax credits to obtain larger refunds than those to which his clients were entitled, they said.

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