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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Detroit Tax Preparer Sentenced For Aiding In Fraudulent Returns

A former tax preparer was sentenced today to a term of imprisonment of one year and one day and was ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $74,000 after having been convicted of one count of willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of fraudulent income tax returns, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.

Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Anthony Womack, 57, of Detroit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen in Detroit.  Mr. Womack pleaded guilty to the charge on July 15, 2013.

From approximately 2008 through 2010, Womack prepared tax returns in Southfield, Michigan, under the name “Tax Consultants Inc.”  Womack prepared and filed federal income tax returns for 2008 through 2010, which he knew were fraudulent, with the Internal Revenue Service in the name of various taxpayers.  The returns were filed with inflated charitable contributions, false unreimbursed employee expenses, and false education credits.  Womack caused a tax loss of more than $96,000 to the United States by his fraudulent conduct.  In addition, Womack did not claim the income from his tax preparation business on his personal income tax returns. 

Erick Martinez, Special Agent in Charge stated, “IRS, criminal investigators uncovered Mr. Womack’s illegal activity and he is now paying the price for his actions.”    

The investigation of this case was conducted by special agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hiyama.

Updated March 19, 2015