Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Miami Tax-Preparation Office
Preparers Allegedly Claim False Fuel and Other Credits
The United States has asked a federal court to shut down a tax-preparation office in Miami, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that Olivia Greene and Walter Jefferson of Miami prepare returns through Angel Tax Service with falsely-claimed credits, including fuel tax credits, the earned-income tax credit, the work pay credit and educational credits.
According to the complaint, in order to conceal her role in this scheme, Greene prepared returns using an alias, Olivia Mayo. The complaint alleges that after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rejected Greene’s application for a preparer ID number, she hired other persons to obtain ID numbers in their names for Greene to use.
The IRS lists return-preparer fraud and false fuel tax credits as two of its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams .
In the past decade the Justice Department’s Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of tax-return preparers and tax-fraud promoters. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website .