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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jacksonville Tax Preparer Charged With Aiding In Filing False Tax Returns

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Candia V. Williams with nine counts of aiding in the preparation and filing of false tax returns. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison on each count.

According to the indictment, Williams is the owner and operator of Express Tax Returns, a tax preparation business now known as “Taxonville.” In the course of preparing and filing income tax returns for individuals, Williams allegedly reported false information, including information concerning the individuals’ business income and eligibility for tax credits, in order to maximize refund amounts received.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

Updated February 4, 2016