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San Diego CPA gets prison for murder-for-hire plot

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego County accountant who stole nearly $11 million from clients and then plotted to kill four witnesses has been sentenced to nearly 24 years in federal prison.

U-T San Diego says 51-year-old Steve Martinez of Ramona was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty to a dozen charges last year, including murder for hire.

Authorities say the former Internal Revenue Service agent defrauded wealthy tax preparation clients over a four-year period before he was indicted two years ago on tax fraud charges.

While out on bail, he plotted to have four clients killed because they were going to be witnesses in the case. The plot collapsed when the hit man went to the FBI.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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