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April 19, 2012

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Woman Charged with Preparing False Tax Returns

HOUSTON - Yolanda Monreal has been charged in a 20-count indictment alleging she willfully aided and assisted in the preparation and presentation of false U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The indictment was returned moment ago. Monreal is expected to surrender to federal authorities tomorrow morning and make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy.

According to the indictment filed in the record of the case, Monreal prepared and presented to the IRS 20 U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for income tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009 claiming various false deductions, including deductions for non-existent medical expenses, unreimbursed employee business expenses and education credits. 

Monreal faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count, if convicted of the charges.      
This matter was investigated by IRS - Criminal Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Buchanan.   

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.