Pennsylvania Return Preparer Convicted of Filing False Returns and Conspiracy
A Yeadon, Pennsylvania man was convicted by a federal jury today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania of one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by filing false tax returns and preparing false tax returns that generated inflated refunds for his clients and 11 counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Deron Joe co-owned and operated a tax return preparation business. From 2007 through 2010, Joe along with his co-conspirator co-owned a tax return preparation business that prepared tax returns for clients which claimed false business expenses and other false deductions. Joe made up false Forms 2106, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses, and placed the false deductions on the tax returns to inflate clients’ refunds by thousands of dollars. Joe prepared false tax returns with inflated refunds in order to grow his tax preparation business.
U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania set sentencing for January 3, 2019. The defendant faces a statutory maximum possible sentence of 36 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1.35 million for all counts.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney McSwain commended agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorneys Christopher P. O’Donnell and Kathryn D. Sparks, who prosecuted the case.