Richmond Woman Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent Tax Return Preparation Currency
RICHMOND, Va., - Lolita Washington, 41, of Richmond, Va., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to aid and assist the preparation of fraudulent tax returns.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and C. André Martin, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Washington DC Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal.
Washington was charged in a criminal information on February 22, 2010. Sentencing has been set for June 18, 2010. Washington faces a maximum penalty of 5 years of imprisonment.
In a statement of facts filed with her plea agreement, Washington admitted to conspiring from 2006 to April 2008 to aid and assist in the preparation of false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2). During this period, Washington prepared and submitted individual income taxes for other persons in exchange for fees. Washington engaged in this conspiracy to make money from fees generated by preparing tax returns; Washington knew that by falsely inflating claimed deductions and credits on client returns she prepared, she would obtain larger refunds for her clients and thereby increase her customers’ satisfaction. Washington falsified individual income tax returns in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to falsely claiming larger amounts of charitable contributions than in fact existed, and falsely claiming larger amounts of business expenses than in fact existed.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin L. Hatch is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.