West Palm Beach Return Preparer Charged with Filing False Tax Returns with the IRS
A West Palm Beach return preparer was charged by indictment with filing false tax returns with the IRS.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael J. De Palma, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service (IRS-CI), made the announcement.
Tamara Jeune, a/k/a Tamara Voltaire, was charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286; four counts of claiming false tax refunds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287; and five counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).
According to the indictment, Jeune obtained four different Employee Identification Filing Numbers (EFINs) for different businesses. The EFINs allowed the businesses to submit tax returns electronically in the names of other individuals. The defendant worked as a tax preparer at one of the businesses in Miami-Dade County, Investment Equity Development, Inc., and managed others at this location. Jeune prepared, filed, and oversaw the preparation and filing of fraudulent federal income tax returns with false IRS Forms for her clients for the 2012 through 2014 tax years. As a result of this scheme, the IRS paid approximately $700,000 in tax refunds related to the fraudulent tax returns, and Jeune often diverted her clients' tax refunds to bank accounts that she controlled.
An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI in connection with this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Cruz.