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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tax Preparer Charged with Filing False Returns

A federal grand jury in Philadelphia returned a superseding indictment charging a Pennsylvania man with sixteen counts of assisting in the preparation of federal tax returns. 

According to the superseding indictment, Jean Coq of Philadelphia prepared tax returns for clients for tax years 2013 and 2014 that claimed inflated itemized deductions, including unreimbursed employee expenses and gifts to charity. As a result of these false items, Coq’s clients sought tax refunds to which they were not entitled.

If convicted, Coq faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania made the announcement.

The IRS-Criminal Investigations is investigating the case.

Trial Attorney Ann M. Cherry of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Ignall of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated April 14, 2021