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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Monday, May 7, 2018

Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Defrauding The IRS

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the guilty plea of CHARLES ASONG-MORFAW, 55, to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false individual income tax return. ASONG-MORFAW entered his guilty plea on May 7, 2018, before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between February 1, 2012 and April 13, 2015, ASONG-MORFAW, through his tax preparation business AJ & A Tax Services, located in Fridley, Minnesota, aided, assisted in and advised the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of false and fraudulent income tax returns. In preparing the tax returns, ASONG-MORFAW falsely represented to the IRS that the taxpayers were entitled to claim certain deductions under the provisions of the Internal Revenue laws, including unreimbursed employee business expenses, unreimbursed medical expenses and charitable deductions. During the course of the scheme, ASONG-MORFAW prepared over 100 tax returns resulting in a tax loss of approximately $103,095.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.

Assistant United States Attorney Michelle E. Jones is prosecuting the case.


Defendant Information:         


Champlin, Minn.


  • Aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false individual income tax return, 1 count




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Updated May 11, 2018