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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to defraud the Clarke University Bookstore was sentenced to a year in federal prison on Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 37-year-old Thomas DeFelice will spend a year in federal prison for filing false tax returns as a part of the scheme.

Court records show DeFelice and 35-year-old James Spaulding of Colorado created a fake company called RVP Wholesale Books and issued false invoices to the Clarke University Bookstore for books that were never delivered while Spaulding was the director of the bookstore in 2011 and 2012. In all, DeFelice and Spaulding split $302,000.

Court records also show that Spaulding convinced DeFelice that books were actually delivered, but the two filed false tax returns in 2011 and 2012 to decrease the tax liabilities of themselves and the company. Spaulding also lied to a grand jury by saying books had been delivered to the university.

In addition to the year in federal prison, DeFelice was ordered to pay all taxes and penalties owed in connection with the false tax returns.

Spaulding has already been convicted of one count of mail fraud and two counts of filing false tax returns and sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison.

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