FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2008
TDD (202) 514-1888
U.S. COURT BARS ST. LOUIS MAN FROM PREPARING TAX RETURNS FOR OTHERS
Tax Preparer Allegedly Based False Deductions on Fictitious Businesses
WASHINGTON – David OBryant of St. Louis has been permanently barred from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. Judge Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri found that OBryant repeatedly had engaged in misconduct subject to various penalties under federal tax laws.
According to the governments complaint, OBryant prepared tax returns that contained improper deductions and credits, in some cases based on fictitious businesses. The government alleged that OBryant had prepared approximately 1,165 returns since 2002 that caused an estimated loss to the U.S. Treasury of more than $2 million.
OBryant is required by the court to notify all customers for whom he prepared returns since 2002 of the judges order. In addition, OBryant must give the Justice Department a list of his customers names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and Social Security numbers.
Since 2001, the Justice Departments Tax Division has obtained more than 300 injunctions to stop the promotion of tax fraud schemes and the preparation of fraudulent returns. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2007.htm, as is information about the Justice Departments Tax Division.