DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            BEAUMONT, TX – A 63-year-old Lumberton woman has pleaded guilty to charges of federal income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Marscha Eva Griffin pleaded guilty to underreporting income from her tax preparation business for 2004 and preparing a false tax return for a client in 2004.  Griffin entered her plea today before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. 

            According to the information presented in court, an investigation by the Beaumont office of the Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Revenue Service revealed that Griffin operated a tax preparation service, Griffin & Associates, where she prepared numerous personal income tax returns for clients.  Further investigation revealed that for tax years 2004 and 2005, she is alleged to have deliberately overstated numerous expenses and deductions causing the taxpayers to receive a larger refund or pay less tax than they actually owed.  According to a factual basis presented in open court and additional correspondence audits by the IRS relating to over 1000 clients of Griffin's tax preparation business, for tax year 2004 - 2005 Griffin caused the disallowance of expenses and the clients' refunds and instead resulted in an additional tax liability owing from those clients of approximately $2,250,000. 

            The statements in open court supporting the guilty pleas also reflected that Griffin under reported her own personal income from her tax preparation business in 2003, 2004, and 2005 which resulted in a further total tax liability of $317,000.  Griffin was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 16, 2009

            Griffin faces up to 3 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.


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