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Springfield tax preparer sentenced for fraud

A tax preparer received an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to submitting taxes filed incorrectly on behalf of her customers. The woman is 51 years old and pleaded guilty to the offense in November of 2012. According to authorities, the woman operated a Springfield, Massachusetts tax preparation business. Between February 2007 and April 2008, she knowingly prepared numerous fraudulent tax returns so that customers would receive larger tax refunds. A United States Attorney with the Department of Justice stated that the woman made misrepresentations to IRS representatives, provided false documents for customers to give to the Massachusetts Department of the Internal Revenue Service, and advised and told her customers to lie to the IRS. Authorities have discovered that the tax preparer is from the Dominican Republic and does not have a valid visa to be in the United States. The prosecution believes that the woman used identifying information from another person who is a legal United States resident to operate her business, open bank accounts, open credit cards and acquire a driver's license.

Massachusetts man faces multiple tax crime charges

A financial adviser faces multiple charges for tax crimes and other crimes. He currently faces five charges for mail fraud, 13 charges for interstate transportation of goods gained in a fraudulent manner, 10 charges of money laundering and three charges for tax evasion. The man is accused of mismanaging funds for two family friends to benefit himself. The damages in question equal to more than $1 million. The man had previously filed bankruptcy and received federal bankruptcy protection. However, the new allegations may change the situation and leave him civilly liable to these people and to other lawsuits against him due to fraudulent information that he provided to the bankruptcy court.

Former government worker pleads to tax-related crimes

An employee who once worked at the District of Columbia's tax office has pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the government as well as first-degree theft. These charges stem from tax crimes allegedly committed while the woman was working part-time at a Washington tax service in 2009 and 2010.The prosecutors in the case claim that the woman helped 282 people or companies file fraudulent tax returns with the District of Columbia as well as 973 fraudulent returns with the federal government. She was accused of supplying receipts for charity spending that were fraudulent so that tax filers could claim deductions. The activity took place over the 2008 and 2009 tax seasons, but some of the fraudulent refunds dated back to 2006. The total taken in the fake receipt scam has been estimated at $14.7 million.

Ex-football players being sentenced for tax fraud, wire fraud

Professional football fans in Massachusetts and around the New England region may be familiar with the name Michael Bennett. Bennett, who played for several years in the NFL, maybe most notably with the Minnesota Vikings, pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced last week to serve 15 months in prison for his crime.

Mendon man convicted of tax crime for filing false return

A man from Mendon, Massachusetts, was recently convicted of a tax crime after the IRS claimed that he under-reported the income that he received from advertisers on his blog. He was convicted of filing a false income tax return at the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice representatives say that the man pleaded guilty to the charge of filing a false income tax return. According to authorities, the man operated a blog as a part-time job. The blog was about computers and other electronics. Advertisers paid the man for advertising space to contribute articles to the site that reviewed computers, computer components and other items.

Legislator facing federal prison after tax fraud guilty plea

A New England legislator convicted recently of tax crimes says that he is remorseful of his actions -- but he and his business partner could still receive up to eight years each in federal prison for their actions when they are sentenced later this year. The legislator pleaded guilty to tax fraud and conspiracy in federal court late last month.

Worcester trial: 3 guilty of tax crimes

A Worcester, Massachusetts, jury found two men and a woman guilty of multiple tax crimes. The Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department worked together to convict the trio of multiple tax crimes based on fraud. The charge stemmed from a payroll scheme in which the three paid employees with cash. The people also worked together to hide certain income and assets of employees as part of a so-called warehouse banking scheme. The three were also convicted because of taxes filed incorrectly in regard to their own income tax returns. One of the defendants received an additional conviction for tax evasion.

Business owner faces 113 years for tax crimes

State and federal revenue criminal departments have different sets of criminal codes that are completely separate from one another: separate criminal charges, separate courts and separate punishments for breaking Massachusetts versus federal criminal statutes.

Human error blamed for approval of $2.1 million tax return

A 25-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated theft and computer crimes after swindling more than $2 million from the Internal Revenue Service. She incorrectly filed a false personal income of $3 million in 2011 using the TurboTax refund calculator. Her $2.1 million refund was issued on a Visa card with the full refund amount after revenue officials approved her claim.

Lauryn Hill: latest celeb to get charged by IRS

For those Bostonians who need to file extensions, schedule payments, pay off liens or appeal a tax decision, take heart. You are not alone. It seems every week there is a new celebrity charged with tax evasion, the failure to file tax returns and/or face multiple audits.

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