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Omaha Woman Enters Plea for Preparing a False Tax Return

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

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.

Updated February 22, 2019