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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER TAX PREPARER INDICTED FOR

$1 MILLION TAX FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Kansas City, Mo., tax preparer was indicted by a federal grand jury today for fraudulently preparing nearly 300 tax returns that falsely claimed more than $1 million in business losses for his clients.


            Donald Bushnell, 55, of Kansas City, was charged in a 20-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Bushnell was the owner of Bushnell Contract and Labor Service, a sole proprietorship that prepared individual federal income tax returns.


            Today’s indictment alleges that Bushnell prepared false income tax returns in order to obtain either inflated refunds or reduced taxation for his clients. According to the indictment, Bushnell claimed business losses for his clients on forms submitted to the IRS, thereby reducing their taxable income. In reality, the indictment says, Bushnell’s clients did not maintain businesses and did not incur any business losses. Bushnell did not inform his clients of those misrepresentations, the indictment says, nor did he have authority from his clients to engage in those misrepresentations.


            Bushnell allegedly prepared 268 false and fraudulent federal tax returns from Jan. 9, 2001, to June 6, 2005, for a total tax loss to the United States of approximately $1,088,720. Today’s indictment charges Bushnell with 20 separate counts of tax preparer fraud committed as part of that scheme to defraud the United States.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. Meiners. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.


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