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A Burlington man was charged with fraud after he allegedly falsified his tax returns to get a bigger refund for three years.

Theodore Lightfield, 35, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday with three felony counts of fraud/rendering income tax return or obtaining a refund with fraudulent intent. If convicted of all three counts, Lightfield faces up to 18 years in prison and/or fines up to $30,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue investigated Lightfield’s tax returns from 2014, 2015, and 2016. They found that Lightfield had inflated the amount the state withheld on his tax returns so that he could receive a larger refund. They found that over those years, the state overpaid Lightfield about $5,000.

The case was then turned over to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Lightfield appeared in court on Thursday. Released on a $3,000 signature bond, a preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. March 22 in Racine County Felony Court.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.