Tax Return Preparer Arrested For Filing False IRS Refund Claims


Los Angeles- – Gabriela Sandra Ramirez-Quezada, 37, co-owner of La Gabiota Income Tax (LGIT) was arraigned this afternoon on charges of filing false claims to the U.S. before U.S. District Judge Alicia G. Rosenberg, following arrest by IRS Special Agents earlier today.
Last week, a federal grand jury returned a twenty count indictment charging Ramirez with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., filing false claims to the U.S. and aiding and abetting.

The indictment alleges that Ramirez conspired to defraud the U.S. by filing federal income tax returns containing false claims for tax refunds.  According to the indictment, Ramirez and her co-conspirator, created and filed false federal Forms 4852 (Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement) and altered legitimate federal Forms W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) claiming taxpayer/clients had more federal income taxes withheld from wages than was actually withheld and sometimes also claimed false dependents on the tax returns.   As a result of the false information filed, the IRS issued false tax refunds for which the taxpayers were not entitled.  Ramirez is alleged to have made more than $100,000 in false claims to the IRS.
In furtherance of her conspiracy, Ramirez and her co-conspirator often used their home or business address on the fraudulent tax returns causing the refund checks to be mailed to the same addresses.  Sometimes the refund checks were also endorsed by Ramirez and her co-conspirator.  In addition, Ramirez and her co-conspirator failed to report their tax preparation income, fees they received by clients to prepare their federal tax returns, on their own federal income tax returns.
If convicted of the charges in the Indictment, Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for her role in the conspiracy and five years for each false claim charge.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.
The investigation and prosecution of Gabriela Ramirez is being conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.
United States Attorney’s Office contact:
        Edward E. Alon
        Assistant United States Attorney
        (213) 894-3825
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