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Man Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

October 18 , 2011

Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Jaime A. Negron (56, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false tax returns. Negron faces a maximum penalty of up to 3 years in federal prison for each count.

According to the plea agreement, Negron was a long-time State employee, first working for the State of Florida’s Department of Labor, and for approximately16 years, as sales tax auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue. In addition to being a full time state employee, at least from 2005 through 2008, a significant amount of his total income was generated through his federal individual tax preparation business. The charges against Negron stem from the fact that Negron, on his personal federal individual income tax returns for 2005 through 2007, intentionally under reported the income he earned from his “side” job as a tax preparer.

Between 2005 and 2007, Negron had more than 100 clients for whom he prepared individual federal income tax returns. According to the plea agreement, for tax years 2005, 2006, and 2007, Negron owes federal taxes of approximately $126,308.

Linda Osuna, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s Tampa Field Office stated “Our largest enforcement program is directed at the portion of American Taxpayers, who willfully and intentionally violate their known legal duty of filing and paying their fair share of taxes.”

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark B. Devereaux.



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