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Shasta County Resident Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Deborah Gwen Orrey, 51, of Anderson, pleaded guilty today to making and subscribing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Orrey was the owner and operator of Affordable Tax, Bankruptcy, and Bookkeeping. From 2014 to 2017, Orrey submitted falsified tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service for her own tax returns and also the tax returns that she filed on her clients’ behalf. Orrey owed to the IRS an additional $112,083. She split the refunds due to her clients without her clients’ knowledge, causing a portion of the clients’ refunds to be deposited to her own bank account. Eight of her clients suffered an actual loss of a total of $3,729.

This case is the product of an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya B. Syed is prosecuting the case.

Orrey is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on May 18. Orrey faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated February 9, 2021

Press Release Number: 1:19-cr-063