DENVER (LAWFUEL) – Kennedy Oduro, age 32, of Denver, was sentenced this morning to serve 12 months and 1 day in federal prison and 12 months of supervised release for aiding in the preparation of false tax returns, United States Attorney Troy A. Eid and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Sigerson announced today. The sentence was handed down by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lewis T. Babcock. Judge Babcock also ordered Oduro to pay restitution to the IRS totaling over $21,000. Oduro was ordered to report to a Bureau of Prisons facility within 15 days of designation.
Kennedy Oduro was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on October 23, 2007, on charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for Denver area residents during the 2004 and 2005 filing seasons. He was arrested without incident on December 30, 2007 while re-entering the United States at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
According to the indictment, Oduro was charged with willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income tax returns for the calendar years 2003 and 2004, involving false entries concerning business losses from Schedule C, itemized deductions from Schedule A, and education credits totaling over $283,000 and $342,000, respectively.
Kennedy Oduro plead guilty on August 21, 2008 to willfully aiding and assisting the preparation of false federal income tax return.
“Don’t even think about not paying your taxes,” said United States Attorney Troy Eid.
“If a tax preparer is suggesting doing something on the tax return that doesn’t sound right, we suggest that the taxpayer should check that out,” said Christopher M. Sigerson, Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Field Office.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS CID).
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney’s Matthew Kirsch and Suneeta Hazra.