GULFPORT, Miss. — A Gulfport, Mississippi, tax preparer has been sentenced to two years in prison for obstructing the internal revenue laws and aiding in the preparation of a false return.

Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain, in a news release Wednesday, says U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also ordered 65-year-old Doris Kelley to pay $519,635 in restitution — $357,534 to the IRS and $162,101 to the victims.

According to court documents, Kelley operated a tax return preparation business from her home in Gulfport. She instructed several clients, who owed the IRS, to write payment checks directly to her rather than to the federal agency and kept those funds, using most of the money to gamble at area casinos.