FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2007
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ASKS FEDERAL COURT TO BAR ILLINOIS WOMAN FROM PREPARING TAX RETURNS FOR OTHERS
Chicago Tax Preparer Allegedly Prepared Bogus Returns for Others
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department has filed a suit in federal court seeking to bar Bertha Steverson of Chicago from preparing federal income tax returns for others. The civil injunction suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that Steverson, the owner of Berthas Tax Service, prepares tax returns for customers that contain fictitious or inflated deductions and credits, in some cases based on fictitious businesses.
The governments suit alleges that Steverson has prepared an estimated 1,224 returns since 2004 that have caused an estimated loss to the U.S. Treasury of more than $3 million. The lawsuit asks the court to order Steverson to give the Justice Department a list of her customers names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and Social Security numbers.
Since 2001 the Justice Department has obtained more than 220 injunctions to stop the promotion of tax fraud schemes and the preparation of fraudulent returns. More information about these cases is available on the Justice Department Web site at taxpress2007.htm.
More information about the Justice Departments Tax Division can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/index.html.