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FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS GUILTY PLEA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Kenneth W. Wright, a former resident of Albany, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty to a One Count Information in violation of Title 26 United States Code, Section 7206(2), aiding and abetting the filing of a false tax return before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, District Court Judge in Albany, Georgia on August 17, 2012.  The Court accepted Wright’s plea to the One Count Information and adjudged him guilty.

At the time the tax offenses were committed, Wright owned and operated Ken’s Fast E-File, an income tax preparation business out of his home, and later from a building on Pine Avenue, Albany, Georgia.  Wright’s business card included the phrase, “MAX YOUR REFUND.”  Wright operated the business from 2005 through 2008.  Wright did employ clerical staff but he was the only one who filed taxes.  The total tax loss for the years Wright operated the business was approximately $193,000.00.

The maximum possible penalty for Count One is:  a term of imprisonment of three (3) years; a maximum fine of $100,000.00 or both; a term of supervised release of one (1) year; and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00.

The Court scheduled sentencing for November 7, 2012 @3:00 p.m.

The investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane is handling the prosecution. 

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