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LAWFUEL – Law News, Law Jobs – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Brian J. Wimpling, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, announced today the conviction of defendant, Ellis Jerome Parker Sr., on twelve (12) counts of preparing and presenting and aiding and assisting in preparing and presenting false and fraudulent income tax returns to the IRS, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2), and one count of conspiracy to make and present fraudulent tax returns to the IRS, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. The defendant was convicted after a two and half week jury trial in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2007. The defendant faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to five (5) years on the conspiracy count, and up to three (3) years imprisonment on each of the twelve substantive counts of preparing and presenting false income tax returns to the IRS. Judge Dimitrouleas remanded the defendant to the custody of the United States Marshal following his conviction.

Evidence presented during the trial showed that defendant Parker, together with numerous co-conspirators who previously pled guilty, engaged in a massive scheme to defraud the IRS. The evidence proved that the defendant engaged in a pattern of falsifying Schedule A expenses to obtain fraudulent refunds for his clients and cause them to not owe any money to the Internal Revenue Service. The defendant usually falsified medical and dental expenses, charitable contributions and employee business expenses, knowing that these types of expenses are not independently reported to the Internal revenue Service. The evidence also showed that the defendant forged his clients signatures on various documents and instructed his employees to forge signatures on documents that were submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. Many of the defendant’s clients testified at trial that they were unaware that the defendant had falsified their tax returns because they had not reviewed or received copies of their completed returns. The victim taxpayers first learned of the false expenses when they were audited by the IRS and had to repay the government the fraudulent portion of their refund, with interest and penalties. The defendant’s tax fraud scheme lasted more than three years and involved hundreds of tax returns.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bertha R. Mitrani.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/.

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