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RGV tax preparer pleads guilty to preparing false tax returns

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

McALLEN, Texas – A local tax preparer admitted to preparing false and fraudulent tax returns on behalf of taxpayers, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Linda Lopez was the owner and operator of a tax preparation business known as Premier Tax Solutions, which operated from 2012 through 2022 in and around Mission. 

Lopez admitted that in or around February 2017, she prepared a federal tax return for a taxpayer that included multiple instances of false and fraudulent information, including false employee business expenses and false residential energy credit qualifying expenses.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez set sentencing for July 18. At that time, Lopez faces up to three years in prison and a possible $100,000 maximum fine.

She was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Swartz prosecuted the case.

Updated April 7, 2022