Hazleton Tax Preparer Sentenced To 24 Months’ Imprisonment For Preparing & Filing Hundreds Of False Tax Returns Claiming Over $800,000.00 Of False Education Credits
HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Felix Ramon Diaz, age 58, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 19, 2017, to one year and one day imprisonment by United States District Court Judge William W. Caldwell for aiding and assisting the preparation of false tax documents.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Diaz was a tax preparer who owned Felix Tax Service. From 2010 through 2013, Diaz filed 45 tax returns with false and fraudulent income, deductions, and addresses in an effort to maximize income tax refunds. Diaz’s conduct resulted in approximately $100,000 in losses taxes to the government.
Judge Caldwell noted the health issues facing Diaz and his lack of prior criminal history as mitigating factors. However, when imposing sentence, the judge noted the crimes were serious and Diaz committed the offense for years.
In March 2016, a grand jury indicted Diaz for the tax fraud scheme. On January 25, 2017, Diaz entered a guilty plea to the offense before Judge Caldwell.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio prosecuted the case.
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