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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tax Preparer Indicted

A tax preparer from Waterville, Ohio, was indicted on four tax counts related to efforts to evade his personal income tax obligation on more than $1.3 million in income, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

According to the indictment, Ronald D. Durbin, age 72, was the principal officer and operator of Citizens Tax Service. He is alleged to have failed to have filed income tax returns for the following years in which he had income on which taxes were due:

2006: $286,604

2007: $306,620

2008: $363,031

2009: $348,881

The indictment alleges that he sought to evade payment of his income taxes for these years by using a nominee owner of his tax preparation business and using nominee bank accounts to conceal the income.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin J. Roberts following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations. 

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015