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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 16, 2018

Third Liberty Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Preparing Fraudulent Tax Returns

Matthew D. Krueger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that Karen Tompkins (Age: 58) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court in Milwaukee and pleaded guilty to two felony counts. Specifically, Tompkins admitted to knowingly taking part in a conspiracy to defraud the United States by preparing and filing with the IRS false tax returns that fraudulently claimed tax refunds to which the individuals were not entitled. Tompkins also admitted to willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of false income tax returns while employed as a tax return preparer.

Co-conspirators Shalonda Burns (Age: 41) and Latoya Bush (Age: 38), both of Milwaukee previously plead guilty to the same charges on September 13, 2018 and November 5, 2018. A fourth defendant, Lori Ann Stringfellow was indicted on February 13, 2018.

Tompkins was employed as a manager at a branch of Liberty Tax Services that was located at 3929 N. Humboldt Boulevard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tompkins admitted to conspiring to inflate filers’ tax refunds by including false information in the filers’ tax returns. This included inventing false Schedule C business income for non-existent businesses and claiming false W-2 income and Additional Child Tax Credits to which the filers were not entitled. Additionally,  Tompkins admitted to receiving kickbacks from the inflated tax refunds and creating fake documentation that was meant to support the filers’ business income.

Tompkins faces up to eight years in prison and fines of up to $350,000 and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 19, 2019.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Taibleson.

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Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig 414-297-1700

Updated November 16, 2018