Former Beaumont Tax Preparer Sentenced for Income Tax Fraud
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon, Texas man has been sentenced to prison for federal tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Charles Maull, II, pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2018 to six counts of willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of a false income tax return and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Maull was also ordered to pay restitution of $674,730.68 to the Internal Revenue Service.
According to information presented in court, from 2010 to 2017, while operating a tax return preparation business in Beaumont, Maull knowingly falsified business income, overstates withholding taxes, fraudulently claimed education credits and fraudulently claimed dependents that taxpayers were not entitled to claim.
“The hearing today sends a clear message to unscrupulous return preparers who break the law and abuse the tax system,” said Special Agent in Charge Tamera Cantu of the IRS-Criminal Investigation’s Dallas Field Office. “Intentionally falsifying documents filed with the IRS is a crime and IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to pursuing those return preparers who enrich themselves while cheating their clients and the U.S. Treasury.”
Maull was ordered to report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana on July 24, 2018 to begin serving his sentence.
This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.