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Broward Tax Preparers Charged in Fraudulent Tax Return Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2012

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 the filing of an Information charging defendants Teresa Francis-Kasu, 36, of Coconut Creek, and Tendai Busuman, 30, of Pompano Beach, in connection with a scheme to obtain significantly inflated tax refunds.

More specifically, the Information charges Francis-Kasu and Busuman with conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286. If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum statutory sentence of up to ten years in prison.

According to the Information, the defendants were employed as tax return preparers at Right Quick Tax Services, in Sunrise, Florida. The defendants and another co-conspirator allegedly prepared tax returns that contained false and inflated claims for deductions, specifically for substantially inflated income tax withholding credits and telephone excise tax refund credits, in order to grossly inflate the tax refunds due to their clients. The defendants and the other co-conspirator unjustly enriched their clients and themselves by preparing fraudulent tax returns that resulted in significant tax refund payments for their clients in addition to fees and compensation to themselves.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the IRS-CID. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Katz.

An Information is only an accusation and a defendant is 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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