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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tax Preparer Charged With Falsifying Returns To Increase Client Refunds

PHILADELPHIA - Shawn Sisco, 48, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by Indictment with preparing false income tax returns for her clients, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, Sisco, who owned Sisco Accounting, a home-based tax preparation business, falsified the itemized deductions on her clients’ returns in order to obtain refunds in amounts larger than the filers would have otherwise received if Sisco had truthfully prepared the tax returns. According to the indictment, the bogus expense deductions included: medical and dental expenses; charitable contributions; mortgage interest; cell phone expenses; property tax expenses; clothing and shoe expenses; laundry expenses; and maintenance expense.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 93 years of imprisonment, a fine of $7.750 million, a special assessment of $3,100 and 1 year of supervised after she is released from prison.

The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Floyd J. Miller.

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Updated December 15, 2014