Lee County Tax Preparer Indicted
Fort Myers, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the indictment last week of Alfred Ferreras (26, Lee County) charging him with 20 counts of preparing false and fraudulent income tax returns. If convicted, Ferreras faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in federal prison on each count. Ferreras was arrested on January 23, 2012.
According to the indictment, Ferreras prepared tax returns for multiple clients during the 2008 and 2009 calendar years. In preparing the returns, Ferreras allegedly included false net loss information from clients’ businesses and/or fraudulent First Time Home Buyer Credits for individuals. These false filings resulted in undue refunds to Ferreras’ clients.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tama Koss Caldarone.