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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Atlantic County, New Jersey, Tax Preparer Convicted Of Tax Fraud

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, tax preparer was convicted today of tax fraud for including fraudulent credits and deductions on federal tax returns for his clients in an effort to gain repeat business for himself, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Tinh Van Vo, 59, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, was convicted of 10 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income tax returns following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. The jury deliberated two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

Vo prepared and filed fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns through his business, TVO Services in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The returns attached schedules for fictitious educational credits, charitable contributions, and job expenses the taxpayers were not entitled to take – all to generate fraudulently inflated refunds.

Each false tax return count carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing for Vo is scheduled for March 9, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty verdicts.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Carle of the Criminal Division in Camden, New Jersey.

Defense counsel: William J. Hughes Jr. Esq., Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Press Release Number: 
15-449
Updated February 24, 2016