Wednesday, October 31 2012 9:15 PM EDT2012-11-01 01:15:40 GMT
A 29-year-old tax return preparer is facing five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of filing false claims for fraudulent income tax refunds with the IRS. According to authorities, TiffanyMore >>
A 29-year-old tax return preparer is facing five years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of filing false claims for fraudulent income tax refunds with the IRS.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Tiffany Parish, 30, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 21 months in
prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,985,136
in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service relative to filing false
claims for fraudulent income tax refunds with the IRS.
pleaded guilty to this charge on October 31, 2012.
to court documents, beginning in 2008 Tiffany Parish worked as a return
preparer for an unnamed company. As an employee, Parish was trained on
how to prepare false federal income tax returns so that her clients could
receive the largest income tax refund possible. Parish admitted that she
prepared false claims for income tax refunds because she expected to receive
part of her clients' income tax refunds once the refund checks were cashed.
December 2008 Parish agreed to work for one of the individuals that trained her
and that individual had Parish begin working as the sole return preparer at
Flash Tax Service, located in a convenience store in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Parish worked as the only return preparer at this Flash Tax Service location
for the 2009 and 2010 filing seasons.
prepared fraudulent income tax returns that contained false items, such as
self-employment income and statutory employee status. In addition, Parish
claimed these same false items on her own individual income tax returns for the
2007 through 2010 income tax years. By claiming false self-employment
income on the Forms Schedule C, Parish and her clients qualified for the Earned
Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, which generated higher
income tax refunds. Also, by claiming the false statutory employee
election, Parish and her clients were exempt from being subject to self-employment
addition, once the clients' received their income tax refund checks, Parish
requested, and often received, a portion of the income tax refunds that were
generated from the false income tax returns. Parish negotiated this
amount with her clients, receiving $300 for one false dependent, $500 for two
false dependents, and $700 for three or more false dependents.
the 2008 and 2009 income tax years, Parish prepared at least 365 false income
tax returns. The total tax loss to the IRS based on the fraudulent income
tax returns Parish prepared for her clients and herself was $1,985.136.
Parish systematically defrauded the government and the taxpaying public," said
Darryl Williams, Special Agent in Charge, IRS, Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati
Field Office. "At the IRS, protecting taxpayer money is a matter we take
very seriously. IRS Criminal Investigation will continue to vigorously
pursue those who unjustly enrich themselves by preparing false claims for