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Fairfax Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Three Years for Tax Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Thuy Tien Le, 41, of Sterling, Va., was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for preparing false income tax returns and committing wire fraud, in connection with her operation of a tax return preparation business called T2 Advantage Services, LLC.  Le was also ordered to pay $456,305 in restitution to the IRS and other victims, and to forfeit to the government the proceeds of her crimes.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Thomas J. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Le pleaded guilty on April 30, 2014.  According to court documents, from 2005 through 2013, Le owned T2 Advantage Services, LLC, a tax return preparation business she operated from her home in Fairfax, Va.  Le prepared federal income tax returns for her clients and led them to believe she had electronically filed legitimate returns with the IRS.  Prior to filing, however, Le altered the returns by adding false itemized deductions in order to generate large income tax refunds.  Le prepared and filed false income tax returns in this manner for more than 100 taxpayers, without their knowledge or consent, and caused more than $450,000 in fraudulently generated income tax refunds to be deposited electronically into bank accounts she controlled.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Nathanson prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-138.

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