Owner of Broward Tax Preparation Company Charged in Fraudulent Tax Return Conspiracy
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 indictment of defendant Shingirai Kasu, 31, formerly of Coconut Creek, in connection with a scheme to obtain significantly inflated tax refunds.
More specifically, the indictment charges Kasu with conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to ten years in prison.
According to the indictment, the defendant was the owner and operator of Right Quick Tax Services in Sunrise, Florida. The defendant and other co-conspirators 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 defendant and the other co-conspirators 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.
Kasu’s co-conspirators, defendants Teresa Francis-Kasu, 36, of Coconut Creek, and Tendai Busuman, 30, of Pompano Beach, were previously charged on March 5, 2012 in a criminal Information with conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the IRS-CID. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Katz.
An indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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.