On March 14, 2013, a federal grand jury in Macon, Ga., returned an 18 count indictment alleging that Natashia and Detrick Tucker, a husband and wife couple who owned and operated a tax preparation business named T&T Express located in Pine Mountain, Ga., conspired to defraud the United States by preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns that illegally claimed inflated tax refunds for their clients. The indictment also charges both of the Tuckers with specific counts of aiding the filing of false tax returns, including Natashia Tucker’s personal returns. The Tuckers were arrested and made their initial appearances in court today.
An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Natashia and Detrick Tucker each face a maximum potential sentence of ten years’ imprisonment. Further, they face maximum of three years in prison for each count of conviction for aiding the filing of false tax returns.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Alexander Effendi and Charles Edgar Jr. of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Michael Solis of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. The case was investigated with the assistance of special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Georgia Department of Revenue.
More information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/tax