Former Memphis Return Preparer Pleads Guilty
Memphis, TN - Reginald Curry, 36 of Huntsville, Alabama pled guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
Curry faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, when he is sentenced on June 10, 2010, at 1:30 p.m.
According an indictment filed on July 15, 2009, Curry worked for himself and Jackson Hewitt Tax Preparation Services in Memphis, Tennessee, preparing tax returns for 2004 and 2005 tax years. Curry allegedly prepared tax returns that contained deductions and expenses in amounts that the taxpayers were not entitled to claim. The False items on the 16 counts contained in the indictment consisted of false Schedule C business expenses and/or false Schedule A Itemized Deductions. The total amount claimed on the returns totaled over $436,000.
Curry admitted during his plea hearing that on January 1, 2005, he prepared a 2004 federal income tax return for another individual that contained $35,000 in fraudulent Schedule C deductions.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Coleman represented the government.
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