Former Tax Preparer Indicted For Preparing False Income Tax Returns
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A former Las Vegas tax preparer was charged in federal court today with 15 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false federal income tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Tara Sullivan for the IRS Criminal Investigation.
Martha L. Williams, 40, of Las Vegas, prepared taxes for customers at Across the Board Management Company, a business in Las Vegas. She made her initial appearance today before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe. A jury trial is set for June 19, 2018.
The indictment alleges Williams knowingly prepared fraudulent Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040, and accompanying Schedules A or C, for individuals during tax years 2011, 2012, and 2013. As a result, individuals fraudulently paid less income tax owed and they received inflated tax refunds. The approximate loss is $146,542.
If convicted, Williams faces the statutory maximum of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared L. Grimmer is prosecuting the case.