Los Angeles – August 2 2011 – Today, Appearing before United States District Judge Steven V. Wilson, Simon Jenkins, owner of Jenkins Tax Service, located in Gardena, pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false tax returns with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
Simon Jenkins, 69, admitted that, during the 2005 through 2009 tax filing seasons, he prepared at least 45 tax returns that contained false information by overstating the amount of one or more items claimed on the tax return. Jenkins knowingly prepared returns which included false deductions, credits, and expenses to obtain larger refunds with the IRS.
According to the plea agreement, Jenkins admitted that on or about February 4, 2006, with respect to one of his client’s 2005 tax return, Jenkins claimed a refund of taxes in the amount of $11,818, knowing that the client was not entitled to the refund. The resulting false refund claims totaled $238,024.
According to the plea agreement, Jenkins agreed, if ordered by the court, to make restitution to the United States in the amount of $238,024. Jenkins further agreed to, if asked to do so by the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, desist from preparing tax returns for anyone other than himself and his legal spouse.
When sentenced, Jenkins faces a statutory maximum of three years imprisonment; a one year period of supervised release; a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greater; and a mandatory special assessment of $100. Sentencing is scheduled for October 17, 2011.
The investigation of Simon Jenkins was conducted by IRS – Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.