A Little Falls man has plead guilty to preparing false tax returns through his tax preparation business.

According to the U.S. District Attorney's office, James Butcher, 50, of Jim's Income Tax Service, admitted in testimony that between 2007 and 2010 he prepared 40 false tax returns for 14 of his clients.

All of the returns contained inflated or false charitable deductions that amounted to more than $140,000.

Butcher admitted he made the deductions without the knowledge of his clients.

He is scheduled to be sentenced an August 1, where he could face up to 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.