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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
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FEDERAL COURT BARS MISSOURI MAN FROM PREPARING FEDERAL TAX RETURNS
Indiana Chrysler Plant Worker Allegedly Reported False Information on Returns
WASHINGTON – A federal court in St. Louis has permanently barred Richard Gray Sr. from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction order, to which Gray consented, was signed by Judge Rodney Sippel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
According to the government complaint, Gray, who works periodically at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind., and resides the remainder of the year in St. Louis, prepared over 130 tax returns in 2009. His customers allegedly included family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The complaint states that Gray listed fictitious businesses, fake deductions and bogus dependents on his customers’ returns in order to understate their tax liabilities or claim refunds to which they were not entitled.
The suit alleges that Gray has no formal training in tax law or return preparation. The complaint also alleges that Gray fails to report the income he receives from preparing returns on his own income tax returns.
Over 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.