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Rhode Island Tax Return Preparer Indicted for Allegedly Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

A federal grand jury in Providence, Rhode Island returned an indictment today charging a West Warwick, Rhone Island tax return preparer with 44 counts of filing fraudulent tax returns for clients, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts William D. Weinreb.


According to the indictment, Raymond P. Petrarca owned and operated Stratus Financial Group, a tax preparation business located in Warwick.  For at least tax years 2010 through 2015, Petrarca allegedly falsified his clients’ tax returns, seeking refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to which his clients were not entitled.  Petrarca allegedly included false and inflated deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations, as well as false and inflated credits for purported home energy improvements.


If convicted, Petrarca faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.  


Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Weinreb thanked special agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild and Trial Attorney Kimberly G. Ang of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.


The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.

Updated September 26, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-1057