Owner of New York Tax Preparation Firm Pleads Guilty to Preparing Fraudulent Tax Returns
A Brooklyn, New York, resident pleaded guilty today to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde for the Eastern District of New York.
According to documents and information provided to the court, Maria Munoz, 45, owned and operated a Brooklyn-based tax preparation business called Munoz Multiservices Corporation. From 2010 through 2012, Munoz prepared fraudulent income tax returns for clients that included inflated or fictitious deductions for gifts to charity, unreimbursed employee expenses, personal property taxes and other expenses. Munoz agreed that she caused a tax loss of $136,789.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 26, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto. Munoz faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Rhode thanked special agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant Chief Jorge Almonte and Trial Attorney Carl F. Brooker of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.