Tax Preparer Indicted
Ocala, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Sabrina Gerson (27, Ocala) with twelve counts of filing and causing to be filed fraudulent federal income tax returns. She is also charged with one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Gerson faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each of the tax related charges and an additional two years in federal prison for the identity theft charge.
According to the indictment, Gerson knowingly presented federal income tax returns that she knew to be false, fictitious, and fraudulent to the Internal Revenue Service. The indictment further charges that Gerson knowingly used the identity of an individual, without authority, to file a fraudulent federal income tax return.
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 the Internal Revenue Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Lammens.