Long Beach Tax Preparer Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Filing False Tax Returns

104 false tax returns were filed totaling $223,709 in loss to Government.

LawFuel.com – 27 August, 2009 – LOS ANGELES – On August 24,2009, Maria Ophelia Pinzon-Virula, a resident of Paramount, California, was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal custody and one year of probation for preparing and filing false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

On August 24, 2009, Pinzon-Virula entered her guilty plea before United States District Court Judge A. Howard Matz to one count of preparing and filing a false tax return in violation of Title 26, U.S.C. 7206(2). Pinzon-Virula was also ordered to pay approximately $223,709 in restitution.

According to the filed plea agreement, during the years 2002 through 2006, Pinzon-Virula operated a tax preparation business named Public Assistant Income Tax, located in Long Beach, California. Pinzon-Virula prepared a false Schedule C for Kadir S and Aracely S that was filed with the 2005 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for Kadir S and Aracely S. Pinzon-Virula claimed false Schedule C expenses, false earned income credit, and false fuel tax credit, which enabled these individuals to claim a refund of taxes for their 2005 tax return in the amount of $4,085. Pinzon-Virula knew that these individuals were not entitled to the refund.

During the period April 15, 2003 and April 15, 2007, Pinzon-Virula prepared at least 103 additional tax returns which contained false information, such as false deductions, false credits, false expenses, false claims for refunds, and false claims for earned Income Credits, resulting in false refund claims being filed with the Internal Revenue Service, each refund ranging from $1,797 to $4,085. Pinzon-Virula knew that her clients were not entitled to these refund amounts.

“Tax preparers who disregard our tax laws and choose to prepare and file false tax returns will be prosecuted, “said Leslie P. DeMarco, Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Office. “The public can be assured that IRS Criminal Investigation will continue to diligently work tax preparer fraud investigations and maintain the integrity of our tax system.”

Pinzon-Virula is scheduled to self surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on September 21, 2009.

The case against Austin is the result of an investigation by IRS-Criminal Investigation in the Los Angeles Field Office.

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