MIAMI-DADE RETURN PREPARER PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX PREPARATION FRAUD SCHEME
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, announced that defendant Darryl B. Henley, of Goulds, FL, pled guilty today to twenty-two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2). At sentencing, Henley faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to ten years’ imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for October 28, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. in Miami, FL, before U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck.
As set forth in the indictment, Henley held himself as a tax preparer. During tax years 2005 through 2007, Henley assisted in the preparation and electronic filing of more than 22 false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns (Forms 1040) for numerous individuals. The tax returns contained, among other misrepresentations, false Schedule C deductions. The estimated tax loss to the government is $198,818.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Fernandez.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.