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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Florida Keys Preparer Sentenced to Five Years for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns That Resulted in an Aggregate Loss to the IRS of $14,500,000

A Monroe County, Florida tax return preparer was sentenced today to 60 months imprisonment after he pled guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

According to documents filed with the court, Pedro C. Rodriguez, 51, of Marathon, owned and operated the JC Mar Tax Services tax preparation business, located in Marathon, Florida. From approximately 2007 through 2017, Rodriguez filed fraudulent returns for his clients seeking refunds to which the clients were not entitled by reporting fictitious itemized deductions and fraudulent education and residential energy credits.  For each of the years 2013 through 2017, Rodriguez submitted between 1,900 and 2,200 tax returns on behalf of his clients.  At the sentencing hearing, the government provided evidence that established Rodriguez’s submission of fraudulent tax returns resulted in a loss amount to the IRS of $14,500,000. 

U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore also sentenced Rodriguez to one year of supervised release and ordered him to pay $14,569,171 in restitution. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the IRS-CI and FBI in this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Marcet prosecuted this case.

Information about how the public can protect themselves from tax fraud and report criminal practices may be found at https://www.irs.gov/compliance/criminal-investigation/tax-fraud-alerts.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated April 2, 2019