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Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Filing False Federal Tax Returns

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April 1, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. – Willie Clark, 65, Arkmore, Okla., has pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

In his plea, Clark admitted that from 2005 to 2007 he was a public tax preparer. His fee was normally 10 percent of the tax refund his clients received. Clark would knowingly prepare tax returns containing false or inflated deductions in order to increase clients’ refunds.

In one instance, Clark prepared a 2005 tax return for a client from Kansas claiming fictitious deductions including more than $13,800 worth of medical and dental expenses, $550 in gifts to charity and more than $14,700 in job expenses and miscellaneous deductions. In another instance, he filed a 2006 tax return for a client claiming fictitious deductions including more than $21,700 in medical and dental expenses, more than $3,500 in gifts to charity and more than $17,500 in job expenses and miscellaneous expenses. In another instance he filed a 2007 tax return for a client claiming fictitious deductions of more than $11,900 in medical and dental expenses, $925 in gifts to charity and more than $8,000 in job expenses and miscellaneous deductions.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

 

 

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