Tax Preparer Used Stolen Identities to File Fraudulent Returns with the IRS
The defendants filed fraudulent returns for clients seeking refunds to which they were not entitled
A tax return preparer based in Florida pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to file and filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division announced.
According to documents filed with the court, Frantz Petit-Dos co-owned two tax preparation businesses in Lauderhill, Florida—Imperial Taxation and Multi-Services Corp. and Aleluya Universal Accounting—with Luczor Fertilien and David Joseph.
Used Stolen Identities
The Justice Department says that, from approximately 2010 through 2016, Petit-Dos, Fertilien and Joseph filed fraudulent returns for their clients seeking refunds to which the clients were not entitled. They did so by reporting fictitious business income, fraudulent education, and fuel tax credits, as well as by claiming deceased individuals as dependents.
The defendants also filed returns in the names of individuals whose identities had been stolen. Petit-Dos did not report the illegal proceeds he received from this scheme on his personal tax returns and admitted to causing a tax loss of more than $550,000.
On July 14, Fertilien and Joseph pleaded guilty to their involvement in this scheme.
Petit-Dos is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6, 2017. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy count and a maximum sentence of three years in prison on the false return count. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Fertilien and Joseph are scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, 2017.
Additional information about the Tax Division's enforcement efforts can be found on the Justice Department's website.