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FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS MIAMI-DADE RETURN PREPARER OF 24 COUNTS OF PREPARING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), announced today that a federal jury in Miami returned guilty verdicts against Tomeka Wimberly on twenty-four counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent income tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).

The evidence at trial revealed that Wimberly was a “self-taught” tax preparer who prepared thousands of false tax returns between 2004 and 2005 which resulted in her clients receiving thousands of dollars in bogus refunds. The false returns reported fictitious and/or inflated deductions for un-reimbursed employee business expenses, charitable contributions, mortgage interest, and investment deductions, as well as false education, child care, and child and dependent expenses. During her first year in business, Wimberly prepared over 700 tax returns and obtained more than $2 million in refunds. By 2006, Wimberly prepared more than 1000 tax returns and obtained more than $4 million in refunds.

Wimberly faces a maximum sentence of up to 72 years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of up to $2.4 million dollars. Sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2011, before United States District Court Judge Paul C. Huck.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Selmore.

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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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