Memphis Return Preparer Indicted on Tax Charges
Memphis, TN - Cassandra Jordan, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Jordan, who was indicted on December 16, 2009, turned herself into authorities today and had her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham. Jordan was released pending a trial to be held later this year.
The indictment charges Jordan with 12 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. According to the indictment, from January 31, 2006 until February 10, 2007, Jordan prepared tax returns for others that claimed tax refunds that they were not entitled to receive. The returns were filed for calendar years 2005 and 2006 and the refunds claimed ranged from $3,716.00 to $6,620.00. The indictment states that the amount of refunds claimed totaled $62,374.00.
Jordan faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each count if convicted.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivian Donelson will represent the government.
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Note: An indictment is a form of accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.