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Broward County Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to 76-Count Superseding Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2013

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 (IRS-CI), announced that Vladimyr Jean Baptiste, 41, of Coral Springs, pled guilty today to a 76-count superseding indictment before U.S. District Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum. Sentencing is scheduled for April 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

The superseding indictment charges Baptiste with 73 counts of aiding in the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service of false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040 and 1040A, for calendar years 2007 through 2010, in violation of Title 26, U.S.C., Section 7206(2); and 3 counts of failing to file personal income tax returns for calendar years 2008 through 2010, in violation of Title 26, U.S.C., Section 7203. At sentencing, Baptiste faces up to a maximum of 3 years in prison per count of preparing false tax returns, and a maximum of 1 year in prison per count of failing to file personal income tax returns.

According to court documents, Baptiste operated Tax Plus in Pompano Beach, Florida and filed numerous false income tax returns for clients. These false returns claimed fraudulent statuses, wages, deductions, credits and expenses. Specifically, Baptiste admitted to inflating earned income credits; encouraging clients to file separately when they were married and both falsely file income taxes as head of household, thereby obtaining additional tax credits; and giving various clients a fictitious $3,650 personal tax exemption for returns and allowances to lower their taxes. Finally, Baptiste also admitted that he has not filed his personal tax returns for the past five years.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Walleisa.

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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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