Jacksonville Tax Return Preparers Sentenced
Jacksonville, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Harvey S. Schlesinger sentenced Troy Solomon today to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States, fraud, and making false statements in the preparation of a tax return. Antonio Gadsden was sentenced today to eight months’ imprisonment for the same offenses. In addition, Solomon and Gadsden were ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amounts of $507,382 and $38,337, respectively. Solomon pleaded guilty on January 21, 2014, and Gadsden pleaded guilty on January 22, 2014.
According to court documents, from at least February 1, 2010 through April 16, 2012, Solomon was the owner and operator of Solomon’s Tax Services, LLC, a Jacksonville business that offered tax return preparation services. Solomon and his employees, including Gadsden, prepared and filed with the IRS hundreds of individual tax returns for clients during this time period. In preparing the tax returns, Solomon and Gadsden knowingly used false Schedule C income and expenses, and fictitious Schedule A itemized deductions, including moving expenses and education expenses, in order to maximize the Earned Income Credit and refunds received. Solomon’s conduct resulted in a tax loss to the United States of at least $507,382. During the same time period, Gadsden’s conduct resulted in a tax loss of at least $38,337.
This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.