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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Michigan Woman Prepared False Federal Income Tax Returns for now Defunct Pittsburgh Tax Service

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Michigan has pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of Aiding or Assisting in the Preparation or Filing of False Federal Income Tax Returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Lakisha K. Pinkney, 42, of Eastpointe, MI pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, Pinkney, a former tax preparer for now defunct "Cititax Refund" in Pittsburgh between 2010 and 2013 prepared federal income tax returns for other persons that included false Schedule C information, and which requested refunds for taxpayers totaling approximately $626,000.

Judge Fischer scheduled the sentencing for September 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 3 years imprisonment for each count, a fine of $100,000.00 or both. 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 Investigations conducted the investigation that lead to the prosecution of Lakisha K. Pinkney.

Updated May 9, 2019