Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Six Months in Prison
Las Vegas, Nev. - A tax return preparer was sentenced today to six months in prison for his guilty plea to the felony offense of Aiding and Assisting in the Preparation of a False Income Tax Return, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
According to the court records, between 1997 and 2002, ISIDRO ALEJANDREZ owned and operated Brother's Professional Tax Service in Reno, a business where he prepared individual and business income tax returns. In pleading guilty, ALEJANDREZ admitted that for the tax years 1997 through 2000, he prepared false and fraudulent tax returns for a married couple that resided in Reno. In each of those years, he represented that the clients were entitled to claim a certain filing status, earned income credits, dependents as exemptions, and child tax credits, when the defendant knew and believed that the clients were not entitled to such. Because of the false representations and tax return filings, the United States Government lost $11,854.
In March 2001, a Special Agent with Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, acting in an undercover capacity, sought ALEJANDREZ' assistance in filing a tax return. ALEJANDREZ prepared a return for the client/agent which falsely represented that he was entitled to claim business expenses and dependents as exemptions, even though the client/agent told him otherwise. Had that return been filed, it would have resulted in a loss to the Government in the amount of $3,732.
ALEJANDREZ was also placed on supervised release for one year, and must serve four months of home detention and pay a $2,000 fine. He pleaded guilty to the charge on October 1, 2004.
The defendant had previously worked at H&R Block as a tax return preparer, and had studied bookkeeping and accounting at several colleges, including the University of Nevada Reno, but had not earned a degree.
ALEJANDREZ must surrender to a United States Bureau of Prisons facility before noon on March 7, 2005, to begin serving his six-month prison sentence.
The case was investigated by Special Agents with IRS Criminal Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian L. Sullivan