It's a common scam for tax return preparers. During filing season, they promise larger refunds than competitors. It is a scheme the IRS has on their radar, so when a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, filed fraudulent tax returns with inflated refunds, there was no where to hide and they pled guilty.
From the Department of Justice Press Release:
Dana Alvarez, age 49, a resident of Holden, Louisiana, pled guilty Thursday, April 25, 2019 to conspiracy to defraud the United States with regard to tax returns announced U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser.
According to court documents, Alvarez worked for Crown Tax Service, LLC, located in Kenner, Louisiana. Alvarez and others conspired to defraud the United States by fraudulently minimizing tax liability and fraudulently inflating tax refunds claimed on the tax returns of Crown Tax Service’s clients, and for personal enrichment.
Alvarez faces 5 years of imprisonment as to Count 1, 3 years of supervised release and a possible $250,000 fine. Sentencing will occur on July 25, 2019.
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