Los Angeles, California – LawFuel Legal Announcement Service – On September 29, 2008, United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder sentenced a Los Angeles woman to 14 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for filing over 100 false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition to her prison term, Quatana Naisha Reese, who is also known as Tana Reese, was ordered by Judge Snyder to pay restitution to the Treasury Department totaling $89,055.00. According to the indictment filed in this case, Reese filed over 100 false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for the tax years 1998, 1999, and 2000, all of which claimed refunds. The total loss claimed by Reese in connection with this scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service was $585,061.
“There are dishonest tax preparers out there that prey on individuals who put their trust in them, said Debra D. King, Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Office. “Today’s sentence should serve as a reminder to the public that IRS-Criminal Investigation is determined to put an end to the dishonest practices of fraudulent preparers in our communities, and ensure the public that our tax system works.”
The investigation and prosecution of Reese was conducted by the Los Angeles Field Office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the Tax Section of the United States Attorneys Office in Los Angeles.