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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014

Hayward Tax Return Preparer Indicted In Tax Fraud Scheme

OAKLAND – Runnveer Singh, made his initial appearance today in federal court after being charged with 24 counts of aiding and assisting in the filing false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

According to the Indictment, unsealed today, from about April 15, 2010, through April 17, 2012, Singh willfully prepared and presented U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040, to the IRS, on behalf of numerous taxpayers. False items on the returns included Schedule A deductions, Schedule C Expenses and Form 8863 – Part IV and Part V – Refundable and Nonrefundable Education Credits.

Singh, of Hayward, was indicted on March 25, 2014. He was arrested this morning and made his initial appearance before the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore, United States Magistrate Court Judge in Oakland. Singh was released on $100,000 bond. Singh’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 9, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, United States District Court Judge in Oakland.

The maximum penalty for each count assisting in filing tax returns in violation of Title 26, U.S.C § 7206(2) is three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant US Attorney Thomas Moore is prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

(Singh indictment )