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ANGELA DODGE

March 29, 2011

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HUSBAND AND WIFE TAX RETURN PREPARERS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Houston area residents Donald Ray Womack, and his wife, Tonya Buckner Womack - convicted of conspiring together and aiding and abetting one another in the preparation and presentation of false income tax returns - have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today along with Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke of IRS-Criminal Investigations (CI).  

The Womacks were convicted of the federal tax fraud counts following the return of guilty verdicts by a federal jury in March 2010 after a five-day trial during which evidence was presented proving the Womacks claimed false Schedule A deductions and deductions concerning tuition and fees and education expenses on tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005, as well as amended tax returns. 

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, who presided over the trial, sentenced Donald Womack to 60 months in federal prison to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. Donald Womack’s sentence includes an adjustment for obstructing justice by preparing bogus mileage logs to support fraudulent deductions for vehicle expenses that he encouraged a taxpayer to send to the IRS in response to notice of an IRS audit. 

Womack’s wife, Tonya Womack, was previously sentenced on March 9, 2011, by Judge Rosenthal to 33 months in federal prison also to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release. As a special condition of that supervised release term, the court has prohibited the Womacks from working as tax preparers. Additionally, the judge ordered restitution be paid to the IRS in the amount of $161,855.  

Judge Rosenthal allowed both defendants to remain on bond until given dates to surrender voluntarily to begin their prison sentences.   

The investigation leading to the criminal charges against the Womacks was conducted by IRS-CI special agents of the Houston Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen L. Corso and Charles J. Escher prosecuted the case. 

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