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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 11, 2015

San Jose Woman Charged With Filing False False Tax Returns

SAN JOSE – A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Yolanda Aberin Scott on thirty-two counts of filing false tax returns announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

According to the indictment, from 2010 through 2013, Scott willfully assisted in the preparation of false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040.  The materially false items on the returns included head of household filing status, exemptions, charitable gifts by cash, medical expenses, unreimbursed employee expenses, and mortgage interest deduction.

Scott is expected to make her initial appearance in federal court in San Jose on June 29, 2015, before the Honorable Nathanael M. Cousins, U.S. Magistrate Court Judge.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count of filing false tax returns, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1).  However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Thomas Moore is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

Updated June 15, 2015