Detroit Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing and
Submitting False Tax Returns to the IRS
Delilah Nakia Adams, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty on March 13, 2012, to the preparation and filing of false tax returns, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
United States Attorney McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Adams entered the guilty plea in United States District Court before Judge David M. Lawson.
According to court records, from January to March of 2007, Adams prepared and electronically submitted to the IRS 18 false income tax returns requesting refunds of totaling over $97,000. Adams made fictitious Form W-2 Wage and Tax statements which claimed false income and withholdings for her clients. In October 2011, Adams was indicted on the charges by federal grand jury.
Adams admitted that she knew the Forms W-2 were false because she made them up. Adams admitted that she prepared the false tax returns and did so in an attempt to obtain fraudulent refunds.
"As this tax season comes to an end, it is important that taxpayers select their return preparer wisely. Protecting the tax system is a matter that the IRS takes very serious and we will hold individuals, like Adams, accountable who break the law," said Erick Martinez, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Adams faces up to 18 months imprisonment and the IRS will seek restitution at the sentencing. A sentencing hearing was set by Judge Lawson for August 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the special agents of the Internal Revenue Service, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Buckley.