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April 13, 2012

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Woman Charged With Preparing False Tax Returns and Providing False Information

HOUSTON - A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Shirley M. Carrington, charging her with eight counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Lucy Cruz, special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI). The indictment also charges her with one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and to impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code.

“As we get closer to the filing season deadline of April 17, IRS-CI wants to remind those who prepare false returns for their clients that they will be investigated and face potential consequences as evidenced in today’s indictment of Carrington,” said Cruz. “The indictment emphasizes that IRS-CI and the U.S. Attorney’s office will continue their aggressive pursuit of those who would attempt to defraud the government, their clients and the taxpaying public.”

According to the indictment, Carrington prepared and presented to the IRS eight U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for income tax years 2005 and 2006 claiming various false deductions, including deductions for business losses, unreimbursed employee business expenses and education credits. The indictment also alleges Carrington presented documents she knew were false to an IRS civil auditor during an audit of two tax returns she had prepared for a husband and wife.    

Carrington faces up to three years and a fine of $250,000 on each count, if convicted.      
This matter was investigated by IRS-CI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher.