FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. – A Jersey City tax preparer was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for making false statements in tax documents he submitted to the IRS, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Rommel Amante, 36, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an Information charging him with making materially false statements to the IRS in connection with a 2007 Income Tax Return. Judge Wolfson also imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to the Information to which Amante pleaded guilty and statements made in court:
Amante admitted that he paid another individual $5,000 to create Montgomery Tax Services, located in Jersey City, so that he could prepare and electronically file Federal income tax returns while hiding his identity from the IRS. Amante admitted that he presented false claims against the IRS, which included fabricated education tax credits for his clients for the tax year 2007.
In all, the false tax returns Amante filed resulted in approximately $941,659 in fraudulent education tax credits.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Amante to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $32,599 in restitution to the IRS.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Victor W. Lessoff, and special agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Geary, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: John Crayton, Esq., Moorestown, N.J.