Alabama Tax Preparer Indicted for Preparing False Returns for Clients
Russell Burroughs, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., was indicted on 33 counts of filing false tax returns, Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama announced today following the unsealing of the indictment yesterday.
According to the indictment, Burroughs owned and operated Computer Services, a tax return business located in Montgomery, Ala. Burroughs allegedly prepared and filed 33 false tax returns. The indictment alleges that the false items on the tax returns included false energy and education credits, false deductions and other false information.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Burroughs faces a statutory maximum potential sentence of three years in prison for each count of filing a false return.
The case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Charles Edgar Jr., Katherine Reinhart and Michael Boteler of the Tax Division are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama.