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Three Broward Residents Charged with Preparing False Tax Returns for their Clients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce that Steven Tidas, of Tamarac, Stenor Prosper, of Parkland, and Sylvanie Junior Pierre, of Lauderdale Lakes, were charged in a thirty-five count indictment for unlawfully enriching themselves by filing materially false and fraudulent tax returns for their clients for which they obtained fees. All of the defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, and numerous counts of assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2). All of the defendants had their initial appearances this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer.

The defendants served as officers of Value Tax Services, Inc. and/or Value Financial Group, Inc., both of Sunrise. The defendants prepared tax returns for individuals which falsely claimed tax credits for being a first time home buyer, when the defendants knew the taxpayers had not purchased a home and did not qualify for the credit. The defendants also prepared tax returns for individuals which falsely claimed that the taxpayers had household help income, or inflated household help income, and they falsely inflated other income or deductions in order to increase the amount of the taxpayers’ refunds.

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of three years in prison for each count of preparing false tax returns.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia R. Wood.

An indictment is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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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.

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