Mar. 3, 2010
TAX PREPARER INDICTED FOR PREPARING FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
(McALLEN, Texas) – A Hidalgo County area tax preparer has been indicted for willfully aiding, assisting and advising in the preparation of fraudulent U.S. income tax returns, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and IRS Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke announced today.
Israel Gonzalez, a tax preparer in McAllen, voluntarily surrendered himself to federal authorities on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Later the same day, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos ordered Gonzalez released on bond with the condition that he not prepare, counsel or advise on income tax matters or returns.
The 16-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 24, 2010, accuses Gonzalez of having prepared numerous 1040 income tax returns for taxpayers for tax years 2004 through 2006 which included fraudulent business expenses on form Schedule C, totaling more than $840,000. Each count of the indictment carries a maximum prison term of three years and a $250,000 fine upon conviction.
The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Allen-McCoy.
The public is reminded that an Indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
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