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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tax Preparer Charged With Preparing False Tax Returns

PHILADELPHIA - David Nixon, 48, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged today by Indictment with 81 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of materially false income tax returns, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

According to the indictment, Nixon, the owner of Economy Tax Services, prepared materially false federal income tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2009 which included fraudulent credits for children, earned income, tuition and fees, and residential energy efficiency property; incorrect filing status; and false or falsely inflated Form 1040 Schedule A deductions for charitable contributions and employee business expenses. The prepared and filed returns reduced the amount of tax owed by Nixon’s clients and increased the amount of the refunds to the clients. The indictment alleges that as the result of the false and fraudulent income tax returns, Nixon’s clients received more than $200,000 in fraudulently inflated refunds.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible statutory sentence of 243 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,250,000, and one year of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anita Eve.

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Updated December 15, 2014