Tax Preparers Indicted For Tax Fraud
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Kenneth L. Barber, 61, Anthony Tyree Barber, 25, and Shavita Altrecia Davis, 38, all of Tallahassee, have been indicted on charges of conspiring to commit federal tax fraud and committing other crimes relating to the filing of false tax returns.
The indictment alleges that between 2006 and 2010, Kenneth Barber owned and operated tax preparation businesses under the names of KLB Group Developers, Inc., and Kenneth Barber & Associates, Inc., in Tallahassee. Shavita Davis and Anthony Barber were his employees. According to the indictment, the defendants prepared and taught others to prepare false tax returns that Kenneth Barber subsequently filed with the IRS to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. The false statements contained with the tax returns included false claims of household help income, charitable contributions, dependent exemptions, filing status, and education expenses, among others.
The indictment also charges Kenneth Barber with 32 substantive counts of preparing and presenting false tax returns, and 20 counts of wire fraud arising from the fraudulent tax preparation scheme. Anthony Barber is charged with 11 substantive counts of preparing and presenting false tax returns, and 11 counts of wire fraud. Davis is charged with 19 counts of preparing and presenting false tax returns, and 8 counts of wire fraud. The indictment was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
Shavita Altrecia Davis and Anthony Tyree Barber are scheduled for trial on May 7, 2012, in United States District Court in Tallahassee. Kenneth Barber’s trial date has not been scheduled.
If convicted, the defendants face maximum sentences of five years’ imprisonment for conspiracy, three years’ imprisonment on each count of preparing and presenting fraudulent tax returns, and twenty years’ imprisonment on each count of wire fraud.
U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service, whose investigation led to the indictment in the case.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Winifred Acosta NeSmith.
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of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and
are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond