Leland Tax Return Preparer Sentenced for False Claims
OXFORD, Miss. - Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Gabriel “Gabe” Grchan, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, New Orleans Field Office, announce that:
Lynisha Robinson, 27, of Leland, Mississippi, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen, Mississippi, for filing false claims with the federal government. Robinson was ordered to serve 36 months in prison, followed by a term of 3 years supervised release. In addition, Robinson was ordered to pay $112,839.78 in restitution to the IRS and prohibited from employment as a tax preparer while on supervised release.
Robinson pled guilty on November 7, 2012, to six counts of an information charging her with preparing and transmitting fraudulent and material information to the IRS in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 287 and 7206(2).
The investigation by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation revealed that Robinson submitted the false returns to the IRS through Twin Taxes, a business Robinson owned and operated in Leland and Greenville, Mississippi. The false returns resulted in the payment of earned income credit benefits to which neither Robinson nor the filers were entitled.
"Return preparer fraud affects not only the preparer, but the individuals who have filed false information with the Internal Revenue Service," said Gabriel Grchan, IRS Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Office. "It is our hope that Ms. Robinson's sentence of three years of imprisonment will send a clear message to those who commit tax fraud that there are serious consequences to these crimes."
This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clyde McGee IV.