COVINGTON RETURN PREPARER SENTENCED FOR
PREPARING FALSE TAX RETURNS
Memphis, Tenn.- Pamela Dean, of Covington, Tennessee, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jon P.
McCalla to serve18 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Judge McCalla also
ordered Dean to pay a fine of $5,000.00.
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 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 tax years.
The indictment alleged 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 $153,052.00. Dean also agreed to pay a fine of $5,000.00.
“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee aggressively pursues those
who prepare false tax returns,” stated Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western
District of Tennessee. “Our efforts are sending a clear message to the promoters of tax fraud schemes to
stop their activity, as well as a warning to would-be promoters that tax fraud leads to prison time.”
“Anyone who hires a tax preparer should seek out a reputable person with the proper credentials. Most
tax preparers are honest and provide a valuable service to their customers. The IRS will not tolerate
dishonest preparers since their fraudulent activities undermine our tax system,” stated Christopher Pikelis, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation – Nashville Field Office.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Brian
K. Coleman represented the government.