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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Woman Sentenced For Preparing False Income Tax Return

HOUSTON – Nina Thompson aka Nina Thompson Price has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Special Agent in Charge Lucy Cruz of Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Thompson pleaded guilty Dec. 29, 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Thompson a 24-month sentence to be immediately followed by one year of supervised release. She  was further ordered to pay $226,884 in restitution to the IRS.

According to the plea agreement filed in the record of the case, Thompson was in the business of preparing income tax returns and operated under the name N.M. & T. Tax Service located on Bellaire Boulevard in Houston. Thompson admitted she willfully placed numerous false items on her clients’ income tax returns in an attempt to lower their income tax liabilities.

The return she prepared that formed the basis of the charges against her resulted in a tax loss to the United States of $7,428. As part of her plea, she admitted that as a result of her actions, the total relevant conduct for sentencing purposes is $226,884. She has agreed to pay that amount in restitution to the IRS.      
      
Previously released on bond, Thompson was taken into custody following the sentencing today where she will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

IRS-CI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 30, 2015