Moreno Valley Tax Return Preparer Sentenced To 18 Months Imprisonment for Filing False Tax Returns

Los Angeles – 13 October 2012 – Juan Manuel Mendez, owner of Mendez Multi Services, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $367,000 in restitution for filing false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real today.

On June 6, 2012, Juan Mendez, 45, pleaded guilty to filing at least 17 false income tax returns.

According to court documents, Mendez filed false federal income tax returns claiming real estate deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040 for at least 17 individuals. Mendez also filed one false tax return for himself for the calendar year 2007 and failed to file two other tax returns for himself for calendar years 2006 and 2008.

According to the plea agreement, Mendez agreed to a civil injunction, barring him for life from preparing federal income tax returns or representing before the IRS anyone other than himself and his legal spouse. Mendez also agrees to cooperate with the IRS and make full restitution for the losses he caused. Mendez agrees that the criminal tax loss relating to false tax returns he prepared is $115,000 and the criminal tax loss relating to unreported income for the years 2006 through 2008 is $252,000. The total amount of restitution owed by Mendez is at least $367,000.

Mendez was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on December 10, 2012 at 12:00PM.

The investigation of Juan Manuel Mendez was conducted by IRS – Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, California.

United States Attorney’s Office Contact:

Robert Conte Valerie Makarewicz

Assistant United States Attorney Assistant United States Attorney

(213) 894- 6607 (213) 894- 2729