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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Philadelphia Tax Preparer Charged With Filing False Tax Returns

Maria Falu, 37, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by Information with preparing and filing materially false tax returns, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  The Information alleges that Falu owned Casa de Taxes and Genesis Tax Services, LLC, at 2934 North 5th Street, in Philadelphia, and prepared tax returns.  The Information alleges that from 2011 to 2013, Falu prepared false tax returns for the tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012, for a number of individuals, by reporting false income, false expenses, and false tax credits, resulting in tax losses of approximately $117,171.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 18 years of imprisonment.

The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah L. Grieb.

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An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014