Boston - A Longmeadow tax preparer was charged today in federal court with preparing false tax returns.
Jonathan Fein, 53, a tax preparer with offices in Springfield and Greenfield, was charged in United States District Court in an Information with 29 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. Fein has agreed to plead guilty to the Information pursuant to a written plea agreement that was also filed today. U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor scheduled Fein’s plea hearing for Dec. 20, 2013.
The Information alleges that Fein operated a tax preparation business called JLF Tax Group, Inc., d/b/a American Tax or American Tax Service (JLF), located in Springfield and Greenfield. Fein prepared individual federal income tax returns (IRS Forms 1040) for various JLF customers, most of whom were unfamiliar with the Internal Revenue laws and relied upon Fein to prepare correct, accurate, and complete returns. Between Jan. 30, 2007 and April 11, 2012, it is alleged that Fein prepared numerous fraudulent tax returns so that his customers could receive larger tax refunds from the IRS. Fein generally deducted his tax preparation fee from the fraudulently obtained tax refunds. Lastly, in order to conceal this fraud, on Nov. 19, 2010, in Longmeadow, Mass., Fein falsely stated to federal agents that he did not fraudulently prepare any tax returns.
If convicted, Fein faces up to five years in prison on each count, to be followed by a maximum of three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.
The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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