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April 19, 2011

TAX PREPARER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FILING FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS

(McALLEN, Texas) - Israel E. Gonzalez Jr., of Mission, Texas, has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $936,15910 restitution to the IRS for filing fraudulent U.S. Income Tax returns, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and Rodney E. Clarke, special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) announced today.

Gonzalez, sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, pleaded guilty on Jan. 28, 2011, to filing fraudulent U.S. Income Tax returns. According to the allegations in the indictment filed of record in this case, Gonzalez prepared and presented to the IRS 16 U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for income tax years 2004 through 2006 for clients claiming various false deductions, including various Form 1040 Schedule C deductions such as business depreciation. In January, Gonzalez admitted to the court that he submitted a false U.S. Income Tax return for one of his clients on April 1, 2006, in which he falsely claimed his client had business depreciation in the amount of $109,550, knowing his client was not entitled to such a deduction.

In addition to the prison term and restitution order, the court has ordered Gonzalez serve a one-year-term of supervised release. Gonzalez has been permitted to remain on bond until May 9, 2011, when he has been ordered to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future. 

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by special agents of the IRS-CI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Wells prosecuted the case.

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