Suffolk Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – Modeste Nigel Parsons, 46, of Suffolk, Va., pled guilty today in Norfolk federal court to assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns and willful failure to file tax returns. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Parsons entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Parsons will be sentenced on November 3, 2010, and faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.
According to court documents, Parsons operated a tax preparation service between 2004 and 2008 in several cities, most recently in Suffolk. Some of the returns were false based on Parsons’ creation of false information to ensure or increase refunds, including a false tax return he prepared for an IRS undercover agent. In addition, Parsons admitted to willfully failing to file his own returns for the years 2004 through 2008, incurring a total criminal tax loss of $263,316. He also admitted to providing false documents to an IRS Revenue Agent in 2007 regarding his tax returns and his failure to deduct and pay over employee taxes, FICA, Medicare, Social Security, and unemployment tax payments.
The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Alan M. Salsbury and Special Assistant United States Attorney James Metcalfe prosecuted the case for 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.