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Bill the grave offender,
venerable, form filler,
leaving a paper trail,
found on an old 3D tail,
the fastest ending last,
bucks the trend on April first?

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    $\begingroup$ What are we supposed to do? $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 2 '18 at 22:16
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I think the answer is

HARE.

Bill the grave offender,

This refers to William (Bill) Hare, one of the infamous Burke & Hare duo of criminals. "Grave" has a double meaning here, since IIRC they were grave robbers.

venerable, form filler,

Apparently the word "hare" can be used to mean "venerable", and a hare's home is called a "form". Thanks to @MOehm for help with this clue.

leaving a paper trail,

In the outdoor game of Paper Chase, the designated "hare" leaves a paper trail to be followed by the "hounds".

found on an old 3D tail,

A hare appears on the "tails" side of an old 3d coin. Thanks @Tom (the OP) for help with this clue.

the fastest ending last,

In the fable of the Hare and the Tortoise, the hare is faster but finishes last in the race.

bucks the trend on April first?

Male hares are called "bucks", and the stereotypical mad March hare differs from humans in becoming normal on 1st of April.

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  • $\begingroup$ @Tom Nice riddle! I enjoyed it. Would you believe that it was mostly the first (ambiguous) line that cracked it for me? :-D Re line 2: sorry, still don't get it. Re line 4: wow, that's obscure! Re line 6: thanks, added. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 3 '18 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ Funny how one thinks of 3d as three-dimensional nearly automatically. The linked wiktionary page says that hare is a regional form of venerable and that a form is the home of a hare, who is therefore a form filler. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Sep 3 '18 at 19:44

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