Supervisor of District Heights Tax Preparation Business Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Arising from Filing False Tax Returns

Prepared False Individual Tax Returns Resulting in $405,525 Tax Loss

May 5, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - Rodrick C. Williams, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with the preparation of false federal income tax returns, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, a relative of Williams owned a tax preparation business, American Tax Associates (ATA). Williams supervised and operated an ATA branch located in District Heights, Maryland. From November 2002 to April 2007 Williams conspired with another tax preparer at ATA to prepare individual tax returns for ATA clients that contained false business expenses, business losses, itemized deductions, education credits, student loan interest deductions, tuition and fees deductions and refund amounts. As a result, Williams caused his clients to receive refunds to which they were not entitled or which were falsely inflated, resulting in a tax loss to the United States of $405,525.

Williams faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for January 8, 2009.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney James A. Crowell IV, and U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division Attorneys Jerrod C. Patterson and Shawn Noud, who are prosecuting the case.



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