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Tallahassee Tax Preparer, Ex-Football Player Sentenced For Preparing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida


TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Kenneth Alexander, 46, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of preparing false tax returns, theft of government funds, and aggravated identity theft. Alexander, a former linebacker on Florida State University’s 1993 national championship team, was also ordered to pay $1,057,753.40 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. The sentence was announced today by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Between 2012 and 2016, Alexander, the sole shareholder of Wizard Business Center tax preparation business in Tallahassee, prepared and filed false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for various individuals. Alexander falsely represented the taxpayers’ Schedule A itemized deductions, Schedule C and E losses, and marital status.

"The integrity of our system of taxation lies at the heart of what we do as a nation, and those who try to defraud the system will pay the price," Keefe said. "The trust of the American people relies on fair administration of our tax laws, and this defendant violated that trust and will now face the consequences."

"Mr. Alexander used his position as a trusted accountant and well-known FSU football player to file false tax returns as part of a complicated scheme involving obtaining false solar power credits and false deductions for his clients," said Special Agent in Charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigation, Tampa Field Office. "Additionally, he represented these clients before the IRS regarding the false returns in furtherance of the scheme. This conduct undermines the credible professionals in the tax community and damages the many individuals who sought his counsel. The prison sentence of 54 months and restitution of more than $1 million underlines the significant consequences of failing to follow the law. The special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation will continue to hold accountable those unscrupulous tax professionals who attempt to manipulate clients and the tax system."

Assistant United States Attorney Gary Milligan prosecuted the case following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Emerald Coast Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes IRS Criminal Investigation and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Treasury Inspector General’s Office for Tax Administration.

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U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Florida

Updated August 22, 2019