TAX PREPARER GUILTY OF FRAUD
CURTIS L. ROBERTSON, age 62, a resident of Harvey, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, to filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
ROBERTSON admitted to preparing and filing a fraudulent tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in order to obtain a fraudulent tax refund. The tax return was fraudulent in that it contained false dependents and income. When ROBERTSON manipulated the income and dependent information, he then qualified the tax return for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low-income, working taxpayers and the amount of the credit is based on income, filing status and number of qualifying children, if any. The false income and the false dependent information, along with the credit from the EITC, then made this fraudulent return eligible for a tax refund of $2,350.00 to which the alleged taxpayer was not entitled.
ROBERTSON admitted that once he received the refund check, he then forged the name of the purported taxpayer onto the refund check, and signed his own name underneath, in order to deposit the check, and then receive cash.
As part of his agreement with the government, ROBERTSON also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS. ROBERTSON faces up to five (5) years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 as to each of the ten counts. Sentencing is set for October 12, 2011.
The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org