HONOLULU – Guillermo Dahilig, of Waialua, Hawaii, pled guilty today in federal court to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).
According to court documents and information presented in court, from 2009 to 2016, Dahilig was the owner and operator of Speedy Gill Services, an Oahu tax preparation business. He prepared between 750 and 1,000 tax returns per year for clients, and charged between $100 and $200 per return. Dahilig falsified his clients’ tax returns by claiming deductions for items such as medical expenses, personal property tax, job expenses, and charitable contributions that he knew were greater than the figures provided by his clients. He then filed the returns, knowing that they would generate refunds larger than his clients deserved. In addition, from at least 2010 through 2013, Dahilig underreported the income of Speedy Gill Services on the income tax returns he prepared and filed for himself and his wife.
“During tax season, it’s especially important to remember that filing false tax returns is a crime,” said U.S. Attorney Kenji Price. “Our office is committed to prosecuting tax preparers who make a living by stealing from the government’s coffers.”
IRS-CI Acting Special Agent in Charge Troy Burrus stated, “This plea comes at a time when most Americans are filing their tax returns. Law abiding citizens deserve to know that IRSCI will investigate and prosecute those return preparers who use specialized knowledge of the tax laws for their own personal gains. Bad return preparers like Guillermo Dahilig, can cause problems for clients when they file fraudulent returns. It pays to be cautious when entrusting your tax affairs to others.”
Dahilig’s sentencing is scheduled for July 16, 2018 before U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. He faces up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a period of supervised release of up to one year. He agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in an amount determined by the Court for the taxes due from fraudulent tax returns filed between tax years 2010 and 2015 for himself and his clients.
The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amalia Fenton.