Detroit Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty To Filing
False First-Time Home Buyer Credits
Detroit, Mich. - Concetta Robinson, 49, of Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty to knowingly preparing and filing fraudulent income tax returns for the year 2008, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
United States Attorney McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
According to court records, in 2009, Robinson knowingly participated in preparing federal income tax returns for 2008, which Robinson knew were fraudulent, to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service in the name of various taxpayers. The tax returns falsely reported business income which the taxpayer had not earned and claims for the First Time Home Buyer Credit to which the named taxpayers were not entitled because they had not purchased a home as required to obtain the credit. The loss to the IRS for 12 fraudulent tax returns was more than $72,000.
Robinson entered the guilty plea in United States District Court before Judge Gerald E. Rosen.
"We cannot allow the special credits, such as the First Time Home Buyer Credit, to be abused by people like Robinson. Each of us must be vigilant when using a return preparer," said Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez. "Taxpayers should review their return for accuracy before it is filed."
A sentencing hearing was set by Judge Rosen for December 17, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. The maximum penalty for making false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims is imprisonment of not more than five years and a $250,000 fine.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross MacKenzie.