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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Omaha Woman Enters Plea for Preparing a False Tax Return

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Opal Harris, 38, entered a plea of guilty on February 14, 2019, in United States District Court in Omaha to the charge of willfully preparing a false tax return.  Preparing a false return carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, and up to one year of supervised release.  The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for May 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

“Dishonest return preparers use a variety of methods to cheat the government and the taxpaying public,” said Karl Stiften, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.  “Tax practitioners and return preparers have a duty to their clients to prepare tax returns that comply with the law and are complete and accurate.”

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Tax
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Updated February 22, 2019