New Jersey Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Corruptly Endeavoring to Obstruct the IRS and Preparing False Tax Return
Eric Majette, 52, a tax return preparer and owner and operator of the Berrisford Group, located in Somerville, N.J., pleaded guilty today to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the Internal Revenue laws and to preparing a false tax return, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
On Jan. 17, 2013, a federal grand jury sitting in Trenton, N.J., returned a superseding indictment, charging Eric Majette with twenty-nine counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns for clients and one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the Internal Revenue laws. According to the superseding indictment, Majette prepared false tax returns for clients by inflating itemized deductions and credits such as charitable contributions, unreimbursed employee expenses, and energy credits. In addition, when his clients were audited, Majette submitted false charitable contribution receipts to the IRS to support the fraudulent returns that he prepared.
Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 24, 2013. The case was investigated by special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Tino M. Lisella and Robert C. Kennedy of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax.