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Press Release

Bookkeeper Sentenced For Filing False Tax Return

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

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael J. DePalma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), announce that Edda Obando, 65, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced on September 30, 2013 based on her earlier guilty plea to making and subscribing a false tax return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1).

According to the allegations of the charging instrument, Obando, who served as a bookkeeper, prepared a false and fraudulent tax return by significantly under-reporting her income on her own personal tax return.

Obando was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Frederico A. Moreno to forty-five days in prison, followed by five years of probation, with special conditions to include, inter alia, cooperation with the IRS in determining and paying tax liabilities. Further, Obando was sentenced to pay restitution in the amount of $72,212.68 and $100 special assessment.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI. This case is being prosecuted by Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, Norman O. Hemming, III.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated March 12, 2015