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Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Defendant Managed Universal Tax Return Preparation Business in Dallas

DALLAS — Arslen Ramin Ayeze, a tax return preparer who managed a tax preparation business in Dallas, Texas, appeared last week in federal court in Dallas, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver, and pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a tax return, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Ayeze, who was remanded to custody following his guilty plea for a violation of his conditions of pretrial release, faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution. Sentencing is set for October 11, 2017, before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, from 2008 through 2010, Ayeze was a tax preparer doing business under the name of Universal Tax in Dallas, Texas. On January 20, 2010, Ayeze prepared and electronically filed with the IRS, a 2009 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, on behalf of K.G. which was false and fraudulent. In preparing the tax return, Ayeze deceived the I.R.S. by falsely including a business loss deduction in the amount of $10,575 for a purported sole proprietorship operated by K.G. Ayeze knew K.G. had not incurred the loss and was not entitled to claim the deduction on the tax return. The false deduction of $10,575 resulted in an actual tax loss to the United States in the approximate amount of $2,557.


The investigation was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Stokes is in charge of the prosecution.

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Lisa Slimak

Updated July 3, 2017