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U.S. Department of Justice


United States Attorney James T. Jacks
Northern District of Texas

 

 

 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
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DALLAS TAX PREPARERS RECEIVE LENGTHY FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCES
FOR ROLE IN CONSPIRACY

Defendants Worked at Reliable Express Tax Service and
Reliable Professional Tax Service in Dallas


DALLAS — Today, part-time Dallas resident Fabian Muyaba, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 10 years in federal prison, following his conviction at trial in June on various offenses related to a conspiracy he and others ran to defraud the U.S. by preparing and filing false and fraudulent income tax returns, and profiting from those filings, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Muyaba, who was immediately remanded into custody, testified at trial that he is an Olympic athlete, having competed on his country’s track team in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, holding the record for the 100-meter sprint in Zimbabwe.

Also convicted at trial in June was Joseph Mudekunye, also a part-time Dallas resident, and Como, Texas, resident, Nichelle Henson. Yesterday, Mudekunye was sentenced to 97 months in prison and ordered to pay $422,000 in restitution and Henson was sentenced to 48 months in prison. The jury convicted all three defendants on one count of conspiracy to aid and assist in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent returns. In addition, Mudekunye was convicted on three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent income tax returns and two counts of using a means of identification of another to commit a federal offense. Muyaba and Henson were each convicted on six counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent income tax returns.

In addition to stating their residences, the indictment states that Mudekunye and Muyaba are citizens of Zimbabwe.

The government presented evidence at trial that the defendants, who worked as tax preparers at Reliable Express Tax Service and Reliable Professional Tax Service, at 9203 Skillman Street in Dallas, and two of whom also worked at Efficient Tax Service and/or Proficient Tax Services LLC, conspired together to prepare and file IRS Individual Tax Returns,

Forms 1040 and 1040A, which were false and fraudulent. In addition, the defendants profited from these fraudulent filings. Another object of their conspiracy was to obtain additional clients by generating favorable word-of-mouth advertising from clients who received unexpected refunds.

The government presented further evidence that the defendants willfully and fraudulently reduced the amount of tax that was due to the IRS for their clients by falsely claiming: head of household status, dependents, business expenses, education credits, earned income credit and federal telephone excise tax credits. In some instances, Mudekunye unlawfully used the name and Social Security Number of another person to falsely claim those individuals as dependents of some tax payers. For their services, the defendants collected substantial cash payments from clients for the return preparation, some clients paying up to $1900 for the preparation of a simple Form 1040 or 1040A.

The defendants concealed the fact from their clients that they deducted substantial fees from the clients’ Refund Anticipation Loan checks. In addition, the government presented evidence that the defendants submitted returns using others’ electronic filer identification numbers, rather than their own, to prevent the conspiracy from being discovered.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Revesz and Amy J. Mitchell.

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