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Bristol Woman Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Tax Returns for Clients for More Than a Decade

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that ROBIN REID, 54, of Bristol, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to preparing false federal income tax returns.

According to court documents and statements made in court, REID operated a tax return preparation practice.  From at least 2005 and continuing until 2015, REID falsified information on numerous returns that she prepared for clients by inflating deductions for medical and dental expenses, charitable contributions, employee-related expenses, and other expenses.  REID often created fictitious Schedule C forms in order to fabricate deductible business expenses, and fictitious Schedule E forms to inflate expenses relating to rental properties.  By routinely overstating deductions, REID reduced taxable income on the respective returns, and caused a tax loss of $1,126,011 to the government.

REID pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years, a fine of up to approximately $2.2 million, and restitution.  Chief Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for December 21, 2017.

REID’s clients are required to resolve their own tax liability with the Internal Revenue Service.

This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

Updated September 28, 2017