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Covington Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to preparing False Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2011

Memphis, TN - Pamela Dean, of Covington, Tennessee, entered a guilty plea on January 21, 2011 before U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return. She faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when she is sentenced on May 12, 2011.

Dean was indicted on November 10, 2009, and charged with 38 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. According to the indictment, Dean owned and operated Dean’s Tax Service in Covington, Tennessee, preparing tax returns for tax years 2003 - 2007. The indictment alleges that the returns prepared by Dean contained deductions, expenses, exemptions, and credits that individuals were not entitled to claim. Additionally, some of the returns claimed a false filing status. False items on the 38 federal income tax returns consisted of false Schedule C business expenses, false Schedule A itemized deductions, fraudulent exemptions, and false earned income and child tax credits.

According to the plea agreement filed for the hearing, Dean acknowledged that the tax loss to the United States is $153,052. Dean also agreed to pay a fine of $5,000.

This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian K. Coleman is representing the government.

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