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The IRS recently said they have issued almost 40,000,000 income tax refunds.(Photo: alfexe, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A Sheboygan tax preparer defrauded the IRS of nearly $500,000 by helping undocumented immigrants claim tax refunds based on claims of dependents actually living in Mexico, and other false information, according to federal court records.

Lesley E. Anzures, 35, who operated Lesley's Tax Service on 8th St. in downtown Sheboygan, has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of structuring a financial transaction. As part of the deal, prosecutors will recommend the maximum prison term of three years, and Anzures will be ordered to pay restitution of $496,533. The offense also carries a possible $100,000 fine.

Anzures is scheduled to enter the plea in federal court Feb. 27.

The charge involves one man's 2010 return that netted a refund of $3,772 when he actually owed $1,156. The return listed six dependents for the man, but five of them lived in Mexico and could not be legally claimed on the man's tax return.

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KENOSHA - A woman has died in a crash in Kenosha County, and a sheriff’s deputy who was investigating was injured by a suspected drunken driver.

The crash happened Sunday evening near the Town of Salem.

A 30-year-old Bristol woman died and another woman was injured when two cars collided.

While authorities were investigating and controlling traffic, a suspected drunken driver ran over a deputy’s foot. That man was arrested for his fourth OWI offense. Authorities say he tried to drive past a patrol vehicle and road flares and the deputy’s foot was run over after he approached the man.

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) left, is introducing a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin.(Photo: Scott Bauer/AP)

MADISON – Democrats pushed for legalizing medical marijuana Monday, hoping to build on momentum after the Republican speaker of the Assembly said he was open to the idea.

“We’re not criminals. We no longer want to live in the shadows of society,” said Steve Acheson, a Gulf War veteran who uses marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and back pain.

At a Capitol news conference, Acheson held up two large bags of drugs that had been prescribed to him over the years. He said marijuana did a better job of treating his symptoms than those drugs did.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) offered two pieces of legislation Monday. One would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The other — a backup measure — would set an advisory referendum on the issue so voters could have their say on whether to make it available to patients.

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The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of inmates at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake School for Girls. Wochit

Lincoln Hills and Copperlake schools share a campus in Lincoln County.(Photo: Mark Hoffman,)

MADISON – A GOP state senator is urging the FBI to tell him when a long-running investigation will be finished, arguing legislators need to know more before they can decide whether to make changes at Wisconsin’s juvenile prison.

But the FBI will keep its plans to itself, said the prosecutor heading the probe of Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.

“That is very disappointing that they would take that type of attitude,” said Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine).

In a letter last week, Wanggaard asked the FBI to tell him how much longer the 2-year-old investigation would take.

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A woman killed in a head-on crash in Kenosha County was identified by the sheriff's office Monday as Jennifer Ginter, 30, of Bristol.

The crash was reported shortly before 7 p.m., Sunday in the 11100 block of Antioch Road (Highway 83) in the Town of Salem, according to a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office.

Ginter was southbound on Antioch Road when the vehicle she was driving collided with a northbound vehicle driven by a 20-year-old Trevor woman, who was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to the release.

A deputy who was controlling traffic at the scene of the crash was injured shortly after 8 p.m. when a suspected drunken driver ran over the deputy's foot as the man attempted to drive past the scene, which was fully marked with emergency lights and flares, according to the release.

The deputy was taken to a hospital with an injury that is not life-threatening and the driver, a 65-year-old man from Ingleside, Illinois, was in the Kenosha County Jail Monday after he was arrested for 4th-offense operating while intoxicated, according to the sheriff's office.