Lakewood man charged for tax conspiracy
A Lakewood man who worked at a tax-preparation business was charged with conspiring to file false income tax returns, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Field Office of Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations.
Mwale Kakusa, 29, was charged via criminal information with one count of conspiracy to make false claims and two counts of making false claims.
Kakusa worked for Cleveland-based Paglory Tax Services in 2010 and 2011. During that time, Kakusa and another person, conspired to fraudulently obtain funds from the United States by filing income tax returns with false, fictitious or fraudulent claims, according to the information.
Kakusa prepared or assisted in the preparation of more than a dozen tax returns that made false refund claims of approximately $52,468, according to the information.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin J. Roberts following an investigation by IRS-CI.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.