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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Odessa Tax Return Preparer Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

In Midland, a federal grand jury indicted Juan Alfonso Gonzalez Camacho for his role in a scheme that resulted in the issuance of fraudulent Income Tax return refunds announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William Cotter. 

The indictment, returned on June 22, 2016, and unsealed today in El Paso, charges Camacho with 14 counts of aiding and abetting the preparation of a false Tax Return.  According to the indictment, from January 2011 until April 15, 2013, Camacho prepared and filed income tax returns which claimed deductions to which the defendant knew the taxpayers were not entitled. Based on the 14 counts charged in the indictment, authorities estimate that Camacho’s actions resulted in fraudulent refunds totaling an estimated $162,000.

IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William Cotter said, “IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agents use their investigative and financial expertise to detect and hold accountable abusive preparers who falsely tell taxpayers they are eligible for tax credits that they are not entitled to receive. Taxpayers should always insist on reviewing their return before signing it, and question any items they do not fully understand.”

Camacho was arrested in El Paso yesterday and had his initial appearance in federal court there this afternoon.  During his initial appearance, Camacho was placed on a $10,000 bond.  His arraignment is scheduled for 3:45pm on August 18, 2016, before United States Magistrate Judge David Counts in Midland.

This continuing investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney William F. Lewis, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

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Updated August 11, 2016