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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 8, 2001

Norma Estimbo Lacy
Public Affairs Specialist
Phone: 713/567-9388
Fax: 713/718-3389
E-Mail:
usatty.txs@usdoj.gov

BROWNSVILLE RESIDENCE SENTENCED FOR ASSISTING IN PREPARING FALSE TAX RETURNS

Jose Esquivel, Assistant U.S. Attorny
Phone: 956/983-6009

(Brownsville) Gregory A. Serres, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, announced today that U.S. District Judge Filemon B. Vela sentenced Horace Daniel Crews, age 56, to 3 years probation with 6 months home confinement. Crews was indicted on nine counts of assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns and plead guilty to one of the Counts. In his guilty plea, Crews admitted that he aided, assisted, counseled, and advised in the preparation of an individual's 1995 income tax return knowing that he represented a material matter that was false and fraudulent.

The IRS vigorously investigates and prosecutes individuals who prepare false tax returns for others. According to IRS statistics, there have been over 125 convictions of unscrupulous tax return preparers over the past two years.

The investigation was conducted by Special Agents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Esquivel handled the prosecution for the government.
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