Southfield Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Tax Returns
Anthony Womack, 57, of Southfield, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of fraudulent income tax returns, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced. Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.
From approximately 2008 through 2010, Womack prepared tax returns in Southfield, Michigan, under the name “Tax Consultants Inc.” Womack prepared and filed federal income tax returns for 2008 through 2010, which he knew were fraudulent, with the Internal Revenue Service in the name of various taxpayers. The returns were filed with inflated charitable contributions, false unreimbursed employee expenses, and false education credits. Womack caused a tax loss of more than $96,000 to the United States by his fraudulent conduct. In addition, Womack did not claim the income from his tax preparation business on his personal income tax returns.
Womack entered the guilty plea in United States District Court before Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen.
Erick Martinez, Special Agent in Charge stated, “IRS, criminal investigators uncovered Mr. Womack’s illegal activity and he will now pay the price for his actions.”
A sentencing hearing was set by Chief Judge Rosen for October 17, 2013, at 11 am. The maximum penalty for making false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims is imprisonment of not more than three years and a $100,000 fine.
The investigation of this case was conducted by special agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hiyama.