Woman Arrested on Multiple Tax Fraud Charges
|Aug. 22, 2012|
HOUSTON - Miranda Gore has been arrested following the return of an 11-count federal indictment alleging multiple violations involving fraudulent tax returns and evading taxes, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The sealed indictment was returned Aug. 16, 2012, and was immediately unsealed upon her arrest approximately one hour ago.
Gore was taken into custody this morning by agents with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). She is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson this afternoon.
Gore is charged with nine counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns and two counts of willfully attempting to evade or to defeat her own income taxes for two years.
According to the indictment, Gore prepared and presented to the IRS nine U.S. individual tax returns for income tax year 2008 for others claiming various false items, including false business losses and false first time homebuyer’s credits. The indictment also accuses Gore of tax evasion on her personal 2008 income tax return by claiming a false first time homebuyer credit and of tax evasion on her personal 2009 income tax return by filing a return that underreported income and by making false statements to an IRS special agent.
Gore faces up to three years in federal prison for each count of preparing a false income tax return for others as well as a maximum $250,000 fine, upon conviction. Each of the two tax evasion charges carries an additional five-year-term of imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
This matter was investigated by IRS-CI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.