Tallulah tax preparer sentenced to 24 months for aiding in the filing of false tax return
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Tallulah based tax preparer was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of a tax return containing false information.
Frankie Cammack, 48, of Tallulah, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of aiding and assisting in making and subscribing a fraudulent and false tax return. The defendant was also ordered to pay $92,339 in restitution to the U.S. Treasury. According to testimony presented during the June 16, 2016 guilty plea, Cammack prepared 26 returns for eight different taxpayers for tax years 2009 through 2012, all of which contained false information regarding either business expenses or education credits. The false information was used to generate excessive refunds totaling $114,791 to the taxpayers.
“Preparers have a duty to make sure that the documents they file follow the law,” Finley stated. “Tax fraud hurts those who pay their taxes, and they should get legitimate refunds.”
“We are pleased with the sentence handed down today for Ms. Cammack,” stated Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation Jerome R. McDuffie. “The tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers file accurate and timely tax returns. Ms. Cammack was in the business of preparing tax returns for others and willfully prepared and submitted false documents to the IRS. To ensure confidence in our tax system, special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation are committed to the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation’s laws.”
The IRS conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Flanagan prosecuted the case.