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FALSELY REPORTING CLIENT’S TAX RETURNS TO AVOID $144,382 IN TAXES NETS FORT SMITH WOMAN 18 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2012

 






Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and Christopher Henry, Special Agent in Charge for the Internal Revenue Service, announced that Jennifer Siriphounsavath, age 30 of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and given a special assessment of $3,500 for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for fourteen clients, avoiding a total of $144,382 in taxes. Chief U.S. District Judge P. K. Holmes III handed down the sentence on November 17 in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Siriphounsavath was also ordered to pay restitution of $144,382 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Christopher Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation-Nashville Field Office stated, “As the filing season approaches, this should serve as a loud warning to dishonest tax preparers in this district. IRS will not tolerate dishonest tax preparers and will take swift and aggressive measures against those who have committed fraud.”

According to court documents, Siriphounsavath committed the acts while employed as a tax preparer for Laostar Income Tax Service. From around January 2008 through April 2010, Siriphounsavath falsely reported tax returns for fourteen individuals by falsely claiming education and residential energy credits and inflating property tax and charitable contributions deductions. The fraudulent deductions totaled $144,382.

A 35 count information was originally filed on July 9, 2012. Mrs. Siriphounsavath pled guilty to the information on the same day.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Wendy Johnson prosecuted the case for the United States.

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