Flint Woman Sentenced to 33 Months Imprisonment
for Preparing False Tax Returns
Flint, Michigan - Chandra Hicks of Flint Michigan was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment yesterday by US District Court Judge Mark A. Goldsmith in Flint, for preparing and filing false income tax returns, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Erick Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Detroit office.
Hicks was convicted on May 13, 2011 of 37 counts of preparing and filing false tax returns following a five day trial in Bay City. According to evidence presented at trial Hicks operated a tax preparation service called Unlimited Prosperity Tax Service in Flint, Michigan from 2005 through 2009. During this time period Hicks prepared 37 false tax returns by claiming a variety of false deductions on the returns, including false gifts to charities, false job and medical expenses, false child care credits and earned income credits, and false business losses. The tax loss to the government was over $110,000.
Hicks’ sentence of incarceration will be followed by one year of supervised release and she was ordered to pay a $3,700 fine.
The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations and the prosecution was handled by the U.S. Attorneys office in Flint, Michigan.