Tax Preparers Plead Guilty in Tax Refund Scheme
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 Division (IRS-CID), announced that defendants Teresa Francis-Kasu, 36, of Coconut Creek, and Tendai Busuman, 30, of Pompano Beach, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by submitting false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286, in connection with a scheme to obtain significantly inflated tax refunds. The defendants each face a maximum statutory sentence of up to ten years incarceration. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams set sentencing for both defendants on June 28, 2012.
According to information presented to the Court, the defendants were employed as tax return preparers at Right Quick Tax Services, in Sunrise, Florida. The defendants and another co-conspirator, Shingirai Kasu, the owner and operator of Right Quick Tax Services, 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 client taxpayers. The defendants and Shingirai Kasu unjustly enriched their clients and themselves by preparing fraudulent tax returns that resulted in significant tax refund payments from the IRS for their clients in addition to fees and compensation to themselves.
Shingirai Kasu, 31, formerly of Coconut Creek, was previously charged by Indictment on March 22, 2012 with conspiracy to defraud the United States by submitting false claims to the 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.
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.