Tax Return Preparers Charged with Filing False Tax Returns
PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that the owners of a Yeadon, PA, tax preparation business were charged today in connection with a scheme to prepare fraudulent tax returns in order to generate unwarranted refunds.
Deron Joe and Edmund Dassin, the owners of Edron Tax Preparation Services, were charged today by superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 15 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of a false tax return.
According to the superseding indictment, Joe and Dassin prepared certain tax returns for clients for tax years 2008 to 2010 and falsely claimed on these returns that these clients had incurred unreimbursed employee business expenses. The indictment alleges the defendants knew their clients were not entitled to such refunds, as the clients had neither reported these expenses to the defendants nor provided any documentation to support such deductions. One of their clients was an IRS agent acting in an undercover capacity.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum possible sentence of 47 years of imprisonment and a fine of $3.75 million.
The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Department of Justice Tax Division Attorneys Chris O’Donnell and Kathryn Sparks and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tomika N.S. Patterson.