Silver Spring Tax Preparer Indicted for Aiding and Assisting in the Preparation of Fraudulent Returns
Greenbelt, Maryland - A grand jury indicted Marcel J. Toto-Ngosso (“Toto”), age 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Assistant Attorney General Nathan J. Hochman of the United States Department of Justice Tax Division. The indictment was returned on April 14, 2008 and unsealed yesterday, upon the arrest of the defendant.
According to the 17 count indictment, from at least 2001 through 2007, Toto operated a tax preparation business out of his residence and assisted in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns on behalf of clients. The returns contained false information about exemptions, tax deductions, credits and filing status.
Toto faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 fine for each of 17 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. Toto had his initial appearance in federal district court yesterday.
Special Agent in Charge C. Andre Martin, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation stated, “While most return preparers provide excellent service to their clients, a few unscrupulous tax preparers file false and fraudulent tax returns to defraud the government, the taxpaying public and their own clients. Willfully filing a false tax return is the same as stealing and there are serious consequences.”
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the IRS- Criminal Investigation for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein also commended Assistant United States Attorney Steven M. Dunne and Trial Attorney Jorge Almonte of the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.