Two Brothers Charged with Preparing and Filing False Tax Returns
ATLANTA - Frederick Jenkins and Willie Jenkins have been arraigned on federal charges that they conspired to prepare and file false federal tax returns that claimed over $1 million in tax refunds.
“Citizens trust that tax preparers will accurately prepare their returns,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Citizens also expect preparers to maintain the integrity of the tax system. Tax preparers who abuse the system for their own financial gain will be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and, where appropriate, criminally prosecuted.”
“IRS special agents work year round to investigate and root out dishonest return preparers and protecting taxpayer money is a matter IRS takes extremely serious,” stated IRS Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge, Veronica F. Hyman-Pillot. “It is also important to note that even if someone else prepares someone’s return, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for all the information on the tax return. Therefore, choose your tax preparer carefully.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Since 2006, brothers Frederick and Willie Jenkins owned and operated Global Tax Service LLC (GTS), a tax preparation business with multiple locations throughout the Atlanta, Ga., area and in other states, including Alabama. During the tax years under investigation, 2008 through 2011, the Jenkins brothers allegedly prepared and filed false income tax returns for clients. The false items primarily consisted of fraudulent and fictitious business income and losses in order to inflate tax refunds.
Frederick Jenkins, 42, of Atlanta, Ga., and Willie Jenkins, 44, of Fairburn, Ga., were arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker. The Defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 20, 2014.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Assistant United States Attorneys Bernita B. Malloy and Nekia S. Hackworth are prosecuting the case.For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/.