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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Filing False Tax Returns On Behalf Of His Clients

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), announced that defendant Efrain Felipe, 41, of Hallandale Beach, pled guilty to a two-count Information, charging him with making and subscribing a false tax return on behalf of a client, and aiding and abetting, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 7206(1) and 7206(1).  

Sentencing for defendant Felipe has been scheduled for August 29, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. At sentencing, Felipe faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to 3 years in prison on each count.  

Felipe operated a tax preparation business in Broward County, and prepared tax returns on behalf of his customers, falsely claiming that some customers were entitled to a First Time Home Buyers Credit (FTHBC) of $7,500 for properties they did not own or for properties that were purchased years earlier. Felipe also falsely claimed the FTHBC on his own personal tax return.  

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman O. Hemming, III.  

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated March 12, 2015