Wichita Tax Preparer Sentenced
For Filing False Tax Returns
WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita tax preparer has been sentenced to 36 months on federal probation for filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Lata L. Tomlinson, 34, Wichita, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial in April on 19 counts of preparing false income tax returns for a total of 17 people during tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Tomlinson had a college degree in accounting and worked for various tax preparation companies before starting her own business in 2006 called Talking Taxes And More.
In tax returns she prepared, she falsely stated deductions for depreciation, home improvements, business repairs, contract labor, legal fees, home repairs, medical expenses, advertising, insurance, car and truck expenses, hay and grain expenses, cell phones and care of dependents.
Grissom commended IRS – Criminal Investigation, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.