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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Thursday, January 19, 2017

KC Tax Preparer Indicted for False Claims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., tax preparer has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making false claims for refunds.


Virginia Marie Hayes, 32, of Kansas City, was charged in a 25-count indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The indictment was unsealed and made public following her arrest and initial court appearance.


The federal indictment alleges that Hayes, the owner of KC Tax Professionals, LLC, filed fraudulent tax returns that claimed refunds to which the individuals were not entitled. Hayes is charged with 25 counts of making false claims to a government agency for tax returns filed in 2012 and 2013.


Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Casey. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.

Updated January 19, 2017