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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Worcester Tax Preparer Charged With Tax Fraud

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BOSTON – The owner and operator of a Worcester tax preparation business was arrested yesterday and charged with tax fraud.

Yaw Aboagye- Marfo was indicted on 23 counts of tax fraud. Between 2009 and 2012, Marfo, the owner and operator of a tax preparation business, variously called “People’s Choice Tax Service” and “National Taxpert,” with locations in Worcester and outside of Boston, filed false tax returns seeking refunds for individuals who were not entitled to tax refunds. Marfo also prepared false tax returns for clients and falsely reported that those clients owned sole proprietorship businesses.

If convicted, Marfo faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count of filing false claims.

Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Karen Kelly and Trial Attorney Sean Delaney of the Department’s Tax Division.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.