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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

San Antonio Tax Preparer Indicted for False Returns

A federal grand jury in Waco, Texas, returned an indictment today charging a San Antonio tax preparer with aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney John F. Bash for the Western District of Texas.

According to the indictment, Telesa Hall operated Precision Efile Tax Services, a tax return preparation business located in San Antonio, Copperas Cove, and Killeen, Texas. From 2014 to 2017, Hall allegedly falsified clients’ tax returns by claiming business losses that her clients did not incur, in order to fraudulently increase their refunds. The indictment further alleges that from 2013 through 2016, Hall falsified her own tax returns by not reporting all of the income she earned from her tax preparation business.

If convicted, Hall faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison on each of the 23 counts in the indictment. She also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Bash commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Francesca Bartolomey and William Guappone of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the Division’s website.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Press Release Number: 
20-655
Updated July 14, 2020