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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Downtown Pittsburgh Tax Preparer Charged with Preparing False Income Tax Returns

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of Aiding or Assisting in the Preparation or Filing of False Federal Income Tax Returns, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The 10-count Indictment named Jessica D. Washington, age 34, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, during 2018, Washington worked as a tax preparer at a tax preparation business in Pittsburgh called EasyTax Refund. It is alleged that Washington prepared tax returns that falsified Schedules C income, and claimed earned income tax credit and an unlawful tax refund.

The law provides for a sentence total sentence of not more than three 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,500,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated June 30, 2021