Federal Judge Permanently Shuts Down Tax Preparer Who Operated Inland Empire Tax Service
LOS ANGELES – A federal court has permanently barred a woman who operated a Moreno Valley tax preparation service from preparing tax returns for others, the United States Attorney’s Office announced today.
Nancy L. Hilton, 69, who also used the name Nancy L. Olson, was ordered to never again prepare tax returns for others in a permanent injunction that was signed by United States District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald on April 22.
The permanent injunction concludes a lawsuit filed one week ago that alleged Hilton prepared fraudulent tax returns and supervised the preparation of fraudulent tax returns by at least five others who knew they were preparing false income tax returns. The fraudulent tax returns were prepared at Hilton’s business, Nancy Olson & Associates.
The suit alleged that Hilton obtained the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of numerous people, and that Hilton used this information to file fraudulent tax returns in the names of those people. Hilton would keep a portion – typically 50 percent – of the illicit refunds which resulted from the filing of the fraudulent returns. When Hilton learned of the government’s investigation into her tax preparation business, she intentionally deleted data from business computers in an attempt to impede and obstruct the government’s investigation, according to the government’s lawsuit.
Last month, Hilton pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and identity theft charges for preparing and overseeing the preparation of bogus tax returns (see: http://www.irs.gov/pub/foia/ig/ci/LAFO-2015-10.pdf). Hilton faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on July 6 by United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson.
Release No. 15-036