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

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Former Baton Rouge Tax Preparer Indicted

United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 7, 2016, charging BELVIN F. TYSON, 60, of Liberty, Mississippi with interfering with the administration of the IRS laws, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.          

The Indictment alleges that TYSON impeded the due administration of the IRS laws, by fraudulently manipulating her clients’ Schedule A deductions, Schedule C income and by adding fraudulent dependents to increase their tax refunds.  The Indictment alleges that in addition to exaggerating her clients’ deductions and income, TYSON also sold the personal identifiable information of others to her clients.  She used this information to claim fraudulent dependents on her client’s tax returns, which increased their tax refund.  Her actions in tax year 2011 and 2012 resulted in a loss of approximately $100,000 to the United States Treasury. 

The investigation of TYSON was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica M.P. Thornhill.

NOTE: An indictment is an accusation by the Grand Jury.  The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless adjudicated guilty at trial or through a guilty plea.

Identity Theft
Updated September 9, 2016