NORWALK BOOKKEEPER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL
PRISON FOR FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RENEE LAMAR JOSEPH, 38, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to four months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, the first four months of which JOSEPH must spend in home confinement.
According to court documents and statements made in court, JOSEPH was the bookkeeper for Joseph Landscaping and Masonry (“JLM”), a sole proprietorship landscaping and masonry business owned and operated by her husband. JOSEPH’s responsibilities included handling JLM’s billing, receiving payments and recording payments in the business accounting software, and providing tax related information to tax return preparers.
On August 16, 2012, JOSEPH pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return, admitting that in April 2004, she signed and filed a false joint 2003 tax return, Form 1040, that falsely represented JLM’s Schedule C business receipts as $221,621 when, in fact, the business receipts for calendar year 2003 were approximately $315,949. Instead of providing her tax preparers with bank statements or information from the business’s accounting software, JOSEPH provided summaries, which she created and adjusted, that substantially understated the business’s income.
As part of her sentence, JOSEPH is required to make restitution in the amount of $88,095, plus penalties and interest, for the tax years 2002 through 2004. She also has been ordered to cooperate with the IRS concerning any outstanding tax obligations on behalf of JLM for payroll taxes and any unfiled tax returns for the period 2002 to 2010.
This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.
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