FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California tax consultant is facing three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for telling federal officials she was an aide to a San Joaquin Valley congressman.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that a federal jury in Fresno deliberated only 15 minutes before finding 52-year-old Susan Tomsha-Miguel guilty of impersonating an officer or employee of the United States.

The Modesto Bee says Tomsha-Miguel was hired by a client to resolve a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service and the Atwater tax consultant sought help from the office of then-Rep. Dennis Cardoza.

Cardoza staff members agreed to help and sent Tomsha-Miguel information that included a form on official congressional letterhead.

Tomsha-Miguel used that letterhead to send her client a counterfeit letter, purportedly written and signed by a congressional aide.

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