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Treasure Coast Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Income Tax Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2012

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 the guilty plea of defendant Mary Ann Richard, of Ft. Pierce, Florida. Richards pled guilty to 16 counts of assisting and advising in the preparation and presentation of fraudulent income tax returns to the IRS, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2), and two counts of filing false personal income tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206 (1).

Sentencing has been scheduled for February 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham. At sentencing, Richard faces a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to three years in prison on each count.

According to the charging documents and statements made in court, from around January through April 2010, Richard was employed by JB&L Tax Service, Inc., a tax return preparation business in Fort Pierce. From July 2010 through March 2011, Richard owned and operated M2 Financial Services, a tax return preparation business in Fort Pierce, Florida. At both these businesses, Richard met with taxpayers and prepared tax returns on their behalf, knowing that these returns contained materially false information. Specifically, Richard assisted in the preparation of false tax returns that included false information regarding wages, business losses, dependents, education credits and child care expenses, resulting in a tax loss of $348,421 for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. In addition, Richard filed false personal tax returns (Forms 1040) for tax years 2009 and 2010 for herself, which included false information regarding employer, wages, business expenses and personal deductions.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam C. McMichael.

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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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