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Tax Preparer Sentenced To Prison For Filing False Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Claimed False Deductions, Business Losses and First Time Homebuyer Credits
on Federal Tax Returns

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Judianne Horn, age 44, of Owings Mills, Maryland today to 33 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.

According to her plea agreement, from 2007 to at least 2010, Horn prepared approximately 3,000 tax returns for clients. Horn was self-employed and operated a tax preparation business out of her home in 2007 and again in 2010. In 2008 to 2009, Horn was employed at two other tax preparation businesses located in Owings Mills and Randallstown, Maryland. In all these years, Horn filed federal tax returns which she knew included false deductions or false business losses, thus generating a larger tax refund than the client was otherwise lawfully entitled. Horn admitted that 42 of these tax returns were false and that the total tax loss generated by the fraudulent tax returns is $281,764.

Additionally, Horn also filed numerous false tax returns which claimed that the client was entitled to the first time home buyer credit. The credit was designed for persons who purchased a new home after April 8, 2008, and before May 1, 2010 and who did not own a home in the prior three years. A qualified taxpayer could receive a credit of up to $8,000. On at least five tax returns, Horn claimed that the taxpayer qualified for this credit, when in fact the taxpayer had not purchased a home at all. Horn directed the full $8,000 credit to a bank account she controlled.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the IRS Criminal Investigation for its work in the investigation, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys David I. Sharfstein and Gregory R. Bockin, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015