Florida Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Contempt
Defied Court Injunction Prohibiting the Filing of IRS Returns
A Florida man was sentenced to one year and one day in prison today for criminal contempt for continuing to prepare and file tax returns with the IRS in violation of a federal court order barring him from doing so.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Guy Telfort, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, previously owned and operated Tax Houses and Accounting Services, a Lauderdale Lakes tax preparation business. From approximately January 2015 through April 2019, Telfort and his employees prepared and filed tax returns for clients. In order to generate inflated IRS refunds for clients, some of these returns reported false items, including fictitious business income and losses and mileage deductions. On April 24, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an injunction against Telfort in a civil proceeding, permanently barring Telfort from preparing federal tax returns for others.
Despite this court-ordered injunction, in 2020 and 2021, Telfort continued to prepare and file returns, working out of an Oakland Park, Florida, pawn shop. Telfort charged clients as much as $1,000 for each return filed with the IRS. Some of these tax returns reported false medical and dental expenses and charitable contributions, as well as fictitious businesses. To disguise his role in preparing these returns, Telfort used IRS Preparer Tax Identification Numbers belonging to other tax preparers. Over the two-year period, Telfort prepared nearly 1,200 tax returns for clients in willful violation of the permanent injunction.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno ordered Telfort to serve three years of supervised release and pay $762,338.88 in restitution to the United States.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida made the announcement. They thanked Trial Attorneys John Nasta Jr., Huiwen Audrey Xi and Jikky Thankachan of the Tax Division’s Civil Trial Section for investigating the case.
Trial Attorneys Ashley Stein and Casey Smith of the Tax Division’s Criminal Enforcement Section handled the criminal prosecution.