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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on August 1, 2017, Lesley E. Anzures, (age: 35) of Sheboygan, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. On January 17, 2017, Anzures pleaded guilty to assisting in the preparation and filing of a false federal income tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2). Anzures was also ordered to pay restitution of $496,533 to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

According to documents released in court, on or about April 15, 2011, Anzures, who operated Lesley’s Tax Service, electronically filed a tax return she prepared for a customer. The return listed six dependents and called for additional Child Tax Credit for those dependents. Under United States tax law, dependents can only be claimed if they live with the taxpayer. Five of the six dependents lived in Mexico.

 

This fraudulent return represented that the client was entitled under the provisions of the Internal Revenue laws to claim deductions in the total sum of $25,550, and claimed a refund of $3,772, whereas, as the defendant knew the total deductions the client was entitled to claim were in the total sum of $7,300 for exemptions, $1,000 for a child tax credit, and $400 for a making work pay credit, and so a correctly prepared return would have showed the client in fact, owed the United States Treasury the total sum of $1,156.

 

Other public court documents indicated that an IRS review of tax returns that Anzures prepared and filed for her customers for the years 2010 through 2013 claimed false tax funds of approximately $500,000.

 

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad said, “This case shows that the IRS keeps a close watch on people who prepare taxes for a living, and that such tax preparers who commit fraud will be sent to prison.”

 

This case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Stephen A. Ingraham prosecuted the case.

 

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For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig (414) 297-1700

Updated August 8, 2017