Tax Preparers Indicted And Arrested On Fraud Charges
Jacksonville, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return of a multi-count indictment charging Jacksonville residents Troy Solomon (29) and Antonio Gadsden (37) with conspiracy to defraud the government and multiple counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns. Solomon is also charged with 16 counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of willful failure to file a return. They each face a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge. Gadsden faces up to three years in federal prison for each of his four false preparation charges. Solomon faces a maximum penalty three years in federal prison for each of his sixteen false preparation charges. Additionally, Solomon faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison for each wire fraud charge, two consecutive years in prison for the aggravated identity theft charge, and up to one year in prison for the failure to file charge. Both individuals were arrested on federal warrants today.
According to the indictment, Solomon and Gadsden worked at Solomon's Tax Services, LLC and conspired to defraud the United States by preparing returns using false information to maximize the refund amount received. The indictment further alleges that larger refunds resulted in more tax preparation business, which led to greater tax preparation fees. Solomon allegedly stole the identity of an individual in order to participate in the IRS E-File Program, through which Solomon obtained an Electronic Filing Identification Number. That identification number was used to file IRS Form 1040s. Further, the indictment alleges that Solomon failed to file an income tax return for tax year 2011.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase is handling the prosecution of this case.