Return Preparer Sentenced To Federal Prison
Memphis, Tenn.– Debra Davis, 43, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been sentenced to serve 18 months in
prison, followed by a year of supervised release by U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson, announced
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. Judge Anderson also ordered Davis to pay restitution of
Davis was indicted on April 21, 2010, and charged with 26 counts of aiding and assisting in the
preparation of false income tax returns. According to the indictment, Davis prepared federal income tax
returns for other individuals that were filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years 2004
through 2007. The indictment states that many of the false returns contained fictitious deductions for
medical/dental expenses, cash and noncash charitable contributions, real estate taxes, child care expenses, mortgage interest, uniform expenses, job seeking expenses, gambling losses, personal property taxes, and unreimbursed employee expenses. Other returns reflected that one individual had a Schedule C business when no business existed. Some returns claimed dependants whom the individuals were not entitled to claim.
Davis pled guilty on November 15, 2011, to one count of filing aiding and assisting in the preparation of
a false income tax return.
“The United States Attorney’s Office will remain vigilant in protecting the public from thieves posing
as lawful tax preparers,” said United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. “Those who prey upon
innocent citizens and commit tax fraud will be brought to justice and punished to the fullest extent of
“This sentence, which comes during the middle of the current filing season, should serve as a very loud
warning to tax preparers throughout this district. Federal authorities are diligently watching for fraud and
abuse and will take swift and aggressive measures against those who have committed such fraud,” stated
Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation – Nashville Field Office.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney
John Fabian represented the government.