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Greece Tax Preparer Ordered To Pay Thousands In Restitution For Filing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sedat Kaya, 64, of Greece, NY, who was convicted of aiding and abetting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $55,681 in restitution to the United States Treasury.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, stated that the defendant owned and operated Seneca Tax Services in Rochester, NY, since approximately 2004.  Through his business, Kaya prepared individual Income Tax Returns for hundreds of clients. An investigation by the Internal Revenue Service revealed that between 2012 and 2017, the defendant intentionally falsified information on the tax returns of clients by including false or inflated expenses, thereby generating false returns from the U.S. Treasury. In total, Kaya defrauded the United States for a total tax loss of more than $55,681. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, New York Field Office. 

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Updated May 29, 2019